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WASHINGTON -

The impact of the government shutdown could be affecting local rape victims.

It is standard procedure in D.C. for rape victims to receive a forensic exam to collect DNA evidence and be assigned an advocate to help them through the process.

If the shutdown drags on, D.C. will not have the money to pay for advocate services or for the nurses who perform the forensic exams.

Dr. Heather DeVore, Executive Director of DC Forensic Nurse Examiners, joined on FOX 5 News to discuss this problematic issue.

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