Media Archive by Topic: rape kit backlog

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June 3, 2013 • The Huffington Post
Mariska Hargitay and Kym Worthy
Despite the progress we as a nation have made in the movement to end sexual violence, including the recent passage of a more inclusive Violence Against Women Act, much work remains to be done. read more
Private film screening highlights problem of unexamined sexual assault kits
October 24, 2017 • WIBW News
WIBW News Now

Following the I AM EVIDENCE screening, Wayne County, Michigan Prosecutor Kym Worthy facilitated a discussion about the value of testing sexual assault kit evidence and establishing a victim-centered approach to sexual assault response.

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Rape is the only crime where the victim is treated like a suspect, investigator says
February 19, 2018 • Fox News 29 San Antonio
Yami Virgin

Texas Chief Investigator and Sexual Assault Investigation Trainer, Wayne Springer, says an officer’s job is to collect and send the facts, not pass judgment. “This is the only crime you'll ever see that the victim becomes the accused almost instantly,” Springer explains.

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Rape Kit Contribution Should Spur Congressional Action
Nov. 16, 2014 • The Washington Post
Editorial Board
Under the program announced in New York, $35 million in civil forfeiture assets will be made available to localities and states across the country to test some 70,000 rape kits, which are a collection of physical evidence painstakingly taken from victims of sexual assault. read more
Rape Kit Testing Backlog Thwarts Justice for Victims
May 20th, 2010 • ABC News
Devin Dwyer and Lisa Jones
When Valerie Neumann woke up dazed and physically bruised the morning after her 21st birthday, the awful reality began to sink in that she had been raped. Neumann then made the difficult decision many sexual assault victims make -- to submit to the ordeal of a rape kit at her local hospital. read more
Rape Kit Testing Law Passes, Heads to Ohio Governor’s Desk
Dec. 19, 2014 • RH Reality Check
Nina Liss-Schultz
The Ohio house passed a bill Wednesday meant to completely clear a backlog of untested rape kits in law enforcement offices across the state. read more
Rape Kit Testing Still Languishes
January 21, 2014 • The Chicago Tribune
Kay Manning
Test400K joins Natasha's Justice Project and the Joyful Heart Foundation in trying to change how law enforcement and society in general view sexual assault. read more
Rape kits get DNA upgrade, 'SVU' star
October 22nd, 2009 • NY Post
Bill Sanderson
Two decades after their first use in New York emergency rooms, rape testing kits are being updated for the DNA age. read more
Rape survivors face resistance in fight to test rape kit backlog
May 29, 2014 • MSNBC
Meredith Clark
After San Francisco resident Heather Marlowe was drugged and raped at the city’s annual Bay to Breakers race in May 2010, she trusted local police to process her rape kit–the evidence collected during a forensic exam–and update her if any leads turned up. When they didn’t call for more than a year, she began researching why. read more
Rape Victims Sue Police Over Decade-Long Rape Kit Backlog
December 27, 2013 • Mint Press News
Katie Rucke
A lawsuit accuses the Memphis Police Department of a history of discriminating against females. read more
Rape, suspended in time
September 7, 2015 • Las Vegas Sun
Megan Messerly
Hoping to bring closure to victims, Las Vegas fighting to analyze thousands of backlogged rape kits that have been in storage for decades. read more
Rebuttal: Justice Requires Rape-Kit Testing
April 4th, 2011 • Women's eNews
Sarah Tofte
In February Women's eNews ran a commentary by Wendy Murphy about excessive attention being paid to a backlog of untested rape kits. Here Sarah Tofte offers a vigorous rebuttal, told in part through the tribulations of one young woman. read more
San Francisco Police Make Progress on Backlog of Untested Rape Kits
Dec. 12, 2014 • CBS San Francisco
CBS San Francisco Staff
The San Francisco Police Department announced this week that it has cleared a backlog of sexual assault kits dating back more than 10 years. read more
Schimel: Flood of submissions slowing sexual assault kit testing
December 6, 2017 • Associated Press
Associated Press

Attorney General Brad Schimel says a glut of submissions nationwide is slowing progress on analyzing thousands of untested sexual assault kits on Wisconsin police department shelves.

The Joyful Heart Foundation has been pushing states to analyze untested kits in hopes of developing DNA profiles for serial offenders.

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Senate Delay Threatens Funding for Thousands of Untested Rape
June 23, 2014 • Autostraddle
Kaitlyn
It’s a problem of unknown magnitude — recent estimates place the numbersomewhere around 100,000 — but the consequences of the nationwide rape kit testing backlog are clear and appalling. read more
Some advocates believe rape kit testing should not be left to law enforcement’s discretion
Nov. 9, 2015 • Idaho Press-Tribune
Ruth Brown
Advocates, legislators and law enforcement discuss current rape kit testing laws and what, if anything, should be done to change them. read more
SPD Leaves most Rape Kit Evidence on the Shelf
Nov. 25, 2014 • King 5 News
Linda Byron
The Seattle Police Department's records show that in a little over a decade, 1,641 rape kits were booked into evidence. But only 365 of kits were tested, just 22% of the total. read more
Spending Bill Includes $41 Million to Help Rape Victims
Dec. 12, 2014 • ABC 2 WMAR Baltimore
WMAR Staff
Lawmakers have allocated $41 million to help rape victims as part of the $1.1 trillion spending plan approved by Congress Thursday night. read more
State Attorney's Office receives $2 million federal grant to clear rape test-kit backlog
September 10, 2015 • jacksonville.com
Derek Gilliam
State Attorney Angela Corey announced Thursday afternoon that her office has received nearly $2 million in a federal grant to eliminate the about 1,300 sexual-assault test kits sitting on evidence shelves at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. read more
States fight rape kit backlog
February 25, 2014 • MSNBC
Erin Delmore
States across the country are proposing and enacting legislation to tackle the estimated 400,000 untested rape kits nationwide. read more
SVU's Mariska Hargitay on Vice President Joe Biden's Guest Role and THAT Premiere Shocker
September 21, 2016 • People
Lanford Beard

Mariska Hargitay has had to portray a lock of terrifying, disturbing scenarios in 17 seasons on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, but the actress and mother of three was especially impacted by one shocking scene in the season 18 premiere. 

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Taking Sexual Assault Seriously: The Rape Kit Backlog and Human Rights
Sarah Haacke Byrd
Statement for the record for Sarah Haacke Byrd, Managing Director for the Joyful Heart Foundation before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution. read more
Tempe sending around 500 sexual-assault kits, some dating to the early '90s, for testing
June 8, 2016 • AZ Central
Chris Coppola
The kits are being tested because they never were submitted or need to be checked again with new methods. read more
Tens of thousands of rape kits go untested across USA
July 16, 2015 • USA Today
Steve Reilly
A nationwide count by USA TODAY reveals abandoned rape kit evidence. read more
The problem with rape kits
March 8, 2018 • Splinter
Lux Alptraum

The original brilliance of the rape kit stemmed from the then-novel realization that the body of “a survivor of rape is a crime scene and there’s valuable evidence there,” says Ilse Knecht, policy and advocacy director for the Joyful Heart Foundation.

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