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Hawaii's sexual assault survivors can now track the progress of their rape kits online

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HONOLULU -

With the click of a button, Hawaii's sexual assault survivors can now track the progress of their rape kits.

"We want to make it easy for people," Dani Riggs with the Maui Sexual Assault Center said. 

The state Attorney General's office launched a new website to do just that Friday.

"The Malama Kakou website is one of the key way one of the essential ways of reaching out to all survivors of our state," Riggs said.

For years, there have been questions about why more than 1,900 rape kits have gone untested .               

"I think this website is a really good step in providing them answers," Rep. Linda Ichiyama said.

The new site for the Hawaii Sexual Assault Kit Initiative or SAKI now lists up to date data showing the public just how many kits have been submitted for testing.

The current amount in the pipeline: 542 of the 1,900 plus.

State Attorney General Doug Chin said the state is more than a third of the way to its goal of testing 1,386 kits by the state legislature's deadline next July.

The remaining kits were put in another category.
      
"Those lowest category cases were the ones where the survivor chose not to proceed with the case or the offender is already in the database," Chin said. 
     
Users of the site can also write in with specific questions.

The AG says a response could happen within days. 

"It may not answer all of your questions but we think it's a good start," Lynn Costales, Deputy Prosecutor said.

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