The Washington Post reported this week on the slate of bills working their way through the Maryland legislature this session that address inadequacies in evidence collection after a sexual assault. Often referred to as a rape kit, this is a process, conducted by a specially trained nurse, that collects evidence from a sexual assault survivor’s body.
These new laws could provide valuable resources for survivors, nurses and law enforcement. From additional funding for testing rape kits to protecting survivor’s privacy, the passage of these bills gives survivors more options after an assault, including up to an additional 10 days to pursue evidence collection and emergency medical testing.
MCASA is working for justice for Maryland sexual assault survivors by advocating for these and other bills. Click here for our 2019 legislative priorities.
Read the full Washington Post article here.