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WV officials focus on untested sexual assault kits

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Around 2,000 sexual assault kits are currently sitting on shelves waiting to be tested in West Virginia.

Some of those kits have been there for more than a year while others have been waiting for five years.

In an initiative to clear the backlog of these kits and bring closure to each victim, U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., helped bring around $3 million in federal grants to 16 counties in West Virginia, including Marion, Monongalia and Harrison.

On Tuesday, McKinley hosted a rape kit training symposium for the West Virginia Sexual Assault Kit Initiative…

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