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Software to allow sex assault victims to track test results

(AP) Officials say sexual assault victims will be able to track test results in their cases using software being developed by the Virginia Department of Forensic Science.

Officials hope to begin testing it this summer.

Department director Linda Jackson said victims will receive the identification number of the physical evidence recovery kit taken at a hospital, enabling them to track the analysis. Those who make a police report will also need a personal identification number, which might be withheld by police if it jeopardizes an investigation or prosecution.

Under Virginia law, sexual assault victims have a right to information about evidence kits collected from them and submitted for analysis, unless disclosure threatens the case.

The $118,750 project was funded from a federal Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grant.

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