New Rules on Handling Sexual Assault in D.C.
Last year, a controversial Human Rights Watch report harshly criticized the Metropolitan Police Department's handling of sexual assault cases. The MPD disputed some of the findings of that report, noting internal reforms were already underway. Now the D.C. Council has passed a bill pushed by victim advocates giving victims the right to have an advocate present during police interviews, and to see results of their rape kit tests. We explore what the legislation means for sexual assault cases in the District going forward.