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Spokane Police Force Launches Sexual Assault Help Line

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Josie Klakström
Josie Klakström
 11 days ago

The task force includes courthouse dog, Walker.

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Walker, the courthouse dogWalk with Walker / Facebook

The Spokane Police Department has been busy recently. They have over 1,500 sexual assault kits that they’re currently working their way through under the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Project. With 1,000 of the kits thoroughly tested and returned, the samples now sit safely on CODIS, hoping for a match.

With so many sexual assaults in the surrounding area, the police department has decided to launch a help center for those affected by assaults which are being processed in the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Project. As a result, the victim of the attack can speak to trauma experts and victim advocates, including black Labrador Walker, in total confidence.

The Spokane Police Department, Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and Victim Advocates with Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW) and now working together to ensure the victims of the attacks are given the help they need.

The objective of the project is to get closure for as many victims as possible, and with so many victims, there have been courses of actions outlined for the cases.

  • Further investigation and referred for prosecution
  • Further investigation and unable to establish probable cause for arrest or prosecution
  • Further investigation and referral, but not pursued by prosecution for trial standards
  • Review of the case for consideration of statute of limitations

While the police department gets through the remaining 500 assault kits, any victims are encouraged to contact the helpline, even if they don’t want to pursue charges against their attacker.

Contact the Spokane Police Department on 509-625-4240 or email spdvictimreporting@spokanepolice.org.

Lutheran Community Services Northwest Victim Advocates can be contacted by calling or texting the 24/7 Sexual Assault Support Line, 509-624-7273

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