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A cross-party group of MPs in both the house of representatives and the Senate a draft law this month to expand access to forensic exams and additional guidance for States and hospitals with rape kits.

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If Leah Griffin was raped, in the year 2014, they immediately went to the nearest hospital to undergo a rape kit examination – the first step, she thought, in pursuit of the man who attacked her.

But in Seattle, the hospital staff told her that their er was not equipped for the forensic test, and instead, would they have to far to travel to a different hospital, about an hour.

More traveling in this moment was not an option for Griffin, who was 28-years-old, disoriented from the attack and bleeding. She had to be treated for her injuries in the hospital, and several hours later, as she was able to drive across the busy city, you are subjected finally to a sexual assault examination.

But then so much time has passed and the medical examination in the first clinic, “contaminated crime scene” – factors to be the prosecutors decision, no fee in your case.

Griffin’s story is not an anomaly. According to research by the International Association of Forensic Nurses, only 14 percent of the emergency departments in the United States services, the Sexual Assault nurse examiner (SANE). In rural communities, access to rape kits is even rarer.

To change this, a cross-party group of MPs to expand in both the house of representatives and the Senate a draft law this month to have access to forensic exams and additional guidance for States and hospitals. The bill is championed by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.; Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Rep. Peter king, R-NY; and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.

“I want that to be the standard in the United States to change.”

Sen. Patty Murray

To draw the Survivors access to care and support (SASCA) to establish the Department of Health and Human Services, care-a training in the program for the expansion of health care for victims of sexual assault and rape. There are also training courses would be communities grants for places in rural and tribal.


“Absolutely, if you should be a victim of sexual assault, you have the peace of mind, you can go and get both the care and the sexual assault investigation, you need to get both the care and justice,” Murray told Fox News in an interview.

She said that without a “public light” to the hospitals, it was easy for you to avoid the financial and regulatory pressures is the employment of trained SANE officials, credited Griffin with the elucidation of the problem.

“I want to change the standard in the United States,” said Murray.

McKenna Williams, 23, was attacked by a stranger in San Diego in October 2017. She went directly to a hospital, where their immediate needs were treated, but because a REASONABLE auditor was not engaged, she could not get a rape kit.

Finally, police were able to drive away to the next SANE nurse for about an hour. The nurse was so busy with other incoming sexual assault on a patient, the interrupt Williams had to’ forensic examination several times.

“I need to be really aware of how much we in order to get a better access a test. It is so important to actually have evidence, if someone is accused of sexual assault,” Williams, a student, told Fox News.


Williams, who said she was during the attack on drugs, had no memory of the attack.

“The evidence was crucial for me to understand what had happened, and to pursue a lawsuit against the person who attacked me,” she said.

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Williams says she considers herself “lucky” because the police believed her testimony and her rape kit was processed. To find the investigation, your attacker is in progress.

Griffin, who is now 32 years old and works as a school librarian, said she is still shocked how few hospitals are actually equipped to provide a full treatment of survivors of sexual assault and rape.

“You see on TV and in the media, that the victims go to hospitals and get rape kits, and this is what they should do,” she said.

It is a little more than four years, since she was raped, when she was first angry, “how terrible is the reporting system for sexual assault” victims. In the time Griffin by E-Mail to hundreds of people – from city councillors to adopt the national legislature – in an effort, a change. Murray was one of the first people to respond to your, Griffin said, SASCA is in motion.

“It was a lot of work, and there is a lot of time,” Griffin. “The scale is a totally unknown issue is really shocking.”

“I’m very excited right now because we have introduced, to continued this law for a time, where people start to care about the epidemic of sexual assault in the United States, and we have a very strong party, two-chamber-sponsorship for this bill,” she said. “I’m really excited, because I feel like this, in this very mixed time, is a Problem that everyone can get behind.”

The next step for the SASCA will always be) by the Senate Committee on health, education, labor and pensions (HELP.

Approximately one out of every six women has been a victim of rape or attempted rape in their lifetime, according to statistics from the rape, abuse & incest National network (RAINN), the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the United States

About one in every 33 men in the United States, the victims of rape or attempted rape was found, RAINN.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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