Bill Would Improve Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases

Washington lawmakers heard a bill Tuesday in Olympia that could help put more serial rapists behind bars.  Dan Frizzell from the House Democratic Caucus has more.

ORWALL: “It’s not enough just to test the kits. We really are trying to move the system forward so not only do we test the kits, but we investigate and potentially prosecute, so there’s a true avenue for justice for survivors.”

Representative Tina Orwall is the Legislature’s fiercest advocate for survivors of sexual assault. The Des Moines Democrat has a new bill this session to gather DNA from offenders and improve handling and testing of sexual assault kits.

ORWALL: “We need to make sure that the evidence of offenders goes into this national database so when we start testing the kits that can link to the perpetrators. People that commit sexual assaults often have done multiples. These are important next steps to really find justice for survivors and get what I think are very dangerous predators out of our community.” 

Orwall, who on Monday was elected Speaker Pro Tem in the state House, has just 58 more days to get her bill to the finish line. The 2020 legislative session adjourns for the year on March 12. In Olympia, I’m Dan Frizzell.