Seattle PD unveils plan to tackle sexual assault investigations backlog caused by staff shortage
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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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In a statement, Centro de recursos para casos de agresión sexual del condado de King 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.