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(Washington, DC)  --  New legislation going before Congress is intended to set a national standard for getting physical evidence from sexual assault victims.  Washington's senior U.S. Senator, Patty Murray says the bill aims to establish a national training program to expand health-care access for victims of sexual assault.  Murray says the measure is in response to a KING-5 report last year, which showed many hospitals in Washington state don't have a specially-trained forensic nurse examiner on staff to handle rape kits.  Also contained in the bill is 12-million dollars for a pilot grant program.

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