Thursday, September 10, 2015

"Why Wouldn't You Just Report It?"

A good step forward by VP Joe Biden and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance to tackle the backlog of 70,000 unprocessed rape kits across the country.  More than 40 law enforcement jurisdictions will receive the funds that will help alleviate the backlog of untested rape kits.  Sexual assault kits contain forensic evidence collected from survivors of sex crimes through a painstakingly thorough but humiliating process that many survivors have said is almost as traumatic as the sexual attack they experienced. But the process can lead to valuable DNA evidence through crime lab testing - when it is processed.

Vance said that still, today, "it's estimated there are hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits sitting in police storage facilities nationwide. What stands in the way of testing them is money and the will to get the job done.''

“DNA technology is the guilty person's worst enemy,'' Biden said. "It reduces the total number of victims . .. . But the second thing it does is it sets women free who've been victimized.''

You can read the article here

And for info on rape kits, please see this article from RAINN here

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