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Rape Kit

Progressive New Laws Tackle State's Woeful Rape Case Record And The Spread Of HIV

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 03.24.2016 | Politics

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed two bills into law Wednesday that seek to combat both unsolved rapes and the spread of HIV in the state. One measur...

New Funding To Combat Rape Kit Backlog Just A Stepping Stone, Not A Solution

Adam Banner | Posted 10.01.2016 | Politics
Adam Banner

Reports say that there are more than 70,000 untested rape kits warehoused by 1,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States. The cause of the backlog must be addressed. There are innocents without defense. Victims without justice. Public safety at risk. It is a travesty.

Attorney For Patrick Kane's Accuser Says Rape Kit Tampered With

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 09.25.2015 | Sports

The attorney representing the accuser of Chicago Blackhawk's Patrick Kane said in a press conference on Wednesday that the woman's rape kit had been t...

Joe Biden, Loretta Lynch Pledge Millions To Resolve Rape Kit Backlog

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics

Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced on Thursday a major grant contribution to drastically reduce -- if not eliminate...

Friday Talking Points -- Professional Edition

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

All Americans who love this country very much deserve a commonsense immigration process, one that includes a roadmap for people who aspire to be citizens.

The Best Tool to Catch Rapists

Diane Dimond | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

There are nearly 200,000 DNA rape kits sitting -- ignored and forgotten -- in law enforcement storage areas across this country. Can you think of any other crime where police have definitive evidence and fail to process it?

I Am Pure Joy

Alanna Zabel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alanna Zabel

Having a compassionate witness is crucial in the processing and release of the victim's pain, and it is extremely difficult to heal without this witness.

Ending the Backlog

Neal Baer, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Neal Baer, M.D.

By failing to test these rape kits, we are telling victims that pursuing justice doesn't matter, that convicting violent perpetrators and taking them off our streets is not a top priority.

Mold-Covered Rape Kit Links Inmate To Cold Case

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A convicted felon eligible for release next week may spend more time behind bars after a mold-covered criminal sexual assault kit from four years ago ...

Los Angeles DNA Testing Debate Should Focus on Getting the Job Done

Lindsey Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Lindsey Horvath

The City of Los Angeles can still make meet its pledge to eliminate its sexual violence evidence kit backlog by this June if it takes smart, aggressive action to keep DNA testing on track.

City Breaks Its Promise to Victims of Rape

Sarah Tofte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Sarah Tofte

In a stunning reversal, city officials announced last week that they had decided behind closed doors that they would not hire new crime lab staff to test every rape kit.

Despite Promises, Some Rape Victims Stuck Paying Exam Bills

Huffington Post Investigative Fund, Pro Publica | Ben Protess and Emily Witt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

By Ben Protess, Huffington Post Investigative Fund, and Emily Witt, ProPublica When a woman is raped, police turn to scientific evidence-semen, blo...

Sheriff Baca: Don't Let Rape Victims Down

Sarah Tofte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah Tofte

Two weeks ago, the L.A County Sheriff's Department announced that in May, it stopped testing rape kits indefinitely because of a lack of funds. The backlog: 12,500 untested cases.

Digging Further Into the Texas Rape Kit Scandal

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 06.01.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

It's a sad day when state lawmakers, the attorney general, city leaders or the police act as if a forensic exam even vaguely resembles a victim service or compensation to a woman who has been raped.

Making Rape Victims Pay

Sarah Tofte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah Tofte

Receiving a bill in the mail for basic police work represents an unacceptable but still too common truth - that the criminal justice system has a lot to learn about how it deals with rape victims.

How Can Texas Ask Women to Pay for Rape Kits?

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

On a rare occasion, journalists shine a light on a public policy that is so disgusting it literally stuns you -- it just takes your breath away and leaves you speechless.

Are Rape Survivors Being Victimized Twice?

Maria Hinojosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maria Hinojosa

There is an underreported backlog in the processing of rape kits which is delaying and sometimes denying justice for tens of thousands of American women.

Life Begins at Rape -- Ask Palin

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

Can you imagine having to pay for the CSI if your home was robbed? What if a bill came for the breathalyzer tests if you'd been hit by a drunk driver?

McCain-Palin's Extreme Position On Violence Against Women

Heather Tirado Gilligan and Nikki Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Heather Tirado Gilligan and Nikki Jones

Sexual assault prevention and the treatment of victims is not a divisive partisan issue. The Republican party is putting forward two candidates profoundly out of sync with most Americans and the vast majority of legislators.