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Seattle PD unveils plan to tackle sexual assault investigations backlog caused by staff shortage

06.02.22

Fox 13 Seattle

The King County Sexual Assault Resource Center said only a small fraction of victims choose to report to law enforcement. Mary Ellen Stone, CEO, said in a statement, “Those who do report tell us they often feel their experience, this crime, is not taken seriously.  When victims are not given basic information about timing, options and next steps in their cases, the system is failing them.”

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Seattle police stopped investigating adult sexual assaults this year, memo shows

06.01.22

KUOW

“This is 2022. We should not be having this conversation about allocating resources for survivors.” – Sen. Manka Dhingra

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Seattle police staffing shortage affects sexual assault case investigations

06.01.22

KING5

In a statement, King County Sexual Assault Resource Center CEO Mary Ellen Stone said victims of sexual assault experience a loss of power and control, and only a small portion of victims choose to report their assault to law enforcement. “When victims are not given basic information about timing, options and next steps in their cases, the system is failing them,” said Stone.

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Staffing shortage at Seattle Police Department slows adult sex assaults investigations

06.01.22

KOMO News

CEO Mary Ellen Stone said in a written statement: “Victims tell us the loss of power and control features prominently in their experience. Information, follow up, and transparency in the process is vital to restoring that loss, and supports long-term recovery from this experience. We know this is not the legal system that exists today.”

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Entrevista con King County Sexual Assault Resource Center

05.03.22

KCSARC’s Director of Clinical Services Agustina Eiff talks with Spanish-language M Radio Live about what it takes to end sexual violence.

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As fewer sexual assault cases go to court, more survivors seek help

03.04.22

PubliCola

The King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) connected more people to therapy, legal support and other services in 2021 than at any other point in the past five years, even as law enforcement agencies referred fewer sexual assault cases to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

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After latest attack, King County Courthouse employees rally for ‘violence-free’ workplace

08.07.21

King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, which provides legal advocacy for sexual assault victims at the courthouse, announced Friday it would allow its employees and clients to opt out of attending in-person meetings and hearings in the building.

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King County’s courts are ‘barely keeping up’ with a massive backlog of cases due to the COVID-19 pandemic

07.16.21

Some 400 sexual assault victims have already been waiting nearly two years to testify against the people accused of hurting them.

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05.20.21

Among the backlog of cases in King County Superior Court are 408 sexual assault victims who have been waiting an average of 563 days from the time the defendant in their case was arraigned.

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