Maryland legislators, buoyed by a national campaign and the commitment of federal resources, are considering legislation to eventually clear the backlog of sexual assault forensic kits in the state.
The Ohio house passed a bill Wednesday meant to completely clear a backlog of untested rape kits in law enforcement offices across the state. After the unanimous passage of SB 316, the bill now heads to Gov. John Kasich’s desk for a signature.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that it has committed up to $35 million to fund the clearance of rape kit backlogs across the country, in partnership with the Joyful Heart Foundation’s End the Backlog program.
After months of squabbling, Congress last week was unable to pass a budget bill that included funding to decrease the backlog in rape kits across the country.
A bill to ensure that sexual assault survivors don’t get billed for the kits used to collect forensic evidence overwhelmingly passed the state legislature, but Governor Chris Christie seems slow to sign it.
Should the state put someone who tried to make rape victims pay for part of their rape kits in charge of a domestic assault recovery program?
As a Law and Order: SVU junkie of sorts, I always assumed that there would be a sassy female detective pestering the crime lab to ensure that any sexual offender would be tracked down and reprimanded for their crime, making sure that every bit of evidence is tested. But when it comes to the handling of rape kits, life doesn’t always imitate television.
Pittsburgh police say that the woman who alleged an attacker who mugged her and cut a “B” into her cheek after seeing a John McCain bumper sticker on her car has admitted to making the story up.
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Rumors won’t bring rape victims justice — but asking tough questions about which presidential candidate will push policy that addresses violence against women in this country and abroad might.