Washington Lawmakers Hear Bill banning Over The Counter Rape Kits

Washington state lawmakers are considering a proposal that would ban the sale of DIY rape kits, which advocates claim could lead to confusion among survivors of sexual assault who need professional medical and legal assistance, Megan Burbank reports for the Crosscut. The bill has passed unanimously in the House and is currently in committee in the Senate. If enacted, Washington would be one of the first states to ban over-the-counter sexual assault kits. This bill seeks to ensure that survivors have access to free medical treatment, legal resources and rape crisis counselors who can provide support during their time of need. Opponents argue that this product gives false hope by offering an unproven solution and undermines work done by advocates for reform, who are trying to solve the same problem. The bill will be heard by the Senate Law & Justice Committee on Wednesday, March 8.

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