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Rape Kits

This Group Is Sending Rape Kits To Every U.S. Governor

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 08.11.2016 | Impact

Rape kits often contain key pieces of evidence needed to nab a suspect in a sexual assault case. But far too often, these kits are left untested, whic...

How To Balance Your Budget After Paying For Your Rape Kit

The Establishment | Posted 07.15.2016 | Women
The Establishment

So, you just went through the most traumatic moment of your life. All you want to do is forget that you were raped. Thankfully, you can. How? By balancing your budget!

The Idea Of Basic Rights For Rape Victims Moves A Step Closer To Reality

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.02.2017 | Politics

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to approve a measure essentially creating a bill of rights for survivors of sexual assault. The Sexual A...

Every rape kit booked into evidence in Hawaii should be tested by police

Kata Issari | Posted 04.12.2017 | Hawaii
Kata Issari

The following op-ed originally appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Sunday, April 10, 2016, co-written with Natasha Alexenko: In 1993, Natasha...

Rights v. Safety: Exploiting Survivors of Child Molestation

Loree Cook-Daniels | Posted 03.26.2017 | Queer Voices
Loree Cook-Daniels

This is far from the first time people have used the specter of sexual assault as a political tool. Politicians have demonized many American minorities over the centuries as rapists and/or child molesters, using those charges to whip up opposition to granting those groups respect, dignity, and rights.

Some States Throw Untested Rape Kits In The Trash. These Survivors Want To Change That.

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics

Every six months, Amanda Nguyen has to play a twisted and exhausting game to find her rape kit and make sure that no one destroys it. Nguyen, 24, was...

Faced With Staggering Backlogs Of Rape Kits, States Change Testing, Investigations

Pew's Stateline | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.17.2016 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Why There Will Always Be 'An Empty Chair'

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 08.05.2016 | Women
Danielle Campoamor

As I read the stories of each alleged Bill Cosby victim, and the sad truth that the majority were met "with skepticism, threats and attacks on their character", I couldn't help but question if any of it was, or is, worth it.

This Group Is Raising Money To Test Decades-Old Rape Kits And Find Justice For Thousands

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.09.2015 | Impact

Imagine looking through a storage facility and suddenly stumbling on evidence of thousands of women who have been denied justice for decades. That’s...

How Many Of The Hundreds of Thousands Of Untested Rape Kits In The US Are In Your City?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 11.19.2014 | Crime
Soraya Chemaly

Seventeen states have introduced measures addressing backlogs. What about the others? Has your state or city take any action? Does your police department even know how many untested kits exist?

Thousands of Rapists Are Not Behind Bars Because Cops Focus on Marijuana Users

Bill Piper | Posted 08.17.2014 | Crime
Bill Piper

A piece in the Washington Post highlights the growing backlog of untested rape test kits that are sitting in police storage units while rapists run free and victims suffer. Missing from the story, however, is one of the biggest contributors to this backlog.

Laura Bassett

House Boosts Funding For Untested Rape Kits | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

The White House proposed a budget this year that would provide $36 million in funding to help law enforcement officials process the nation's massive b...

Amanda Terkel

Tennessee Republicans Shoot Down $2 Million For Untested Rape Kits | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican majority in the Tennessee state Senate voted this week against a Democratic amendment that would allocate $2 million to s...

Hollywood Police Discover Untested Rape Kits Stored For Years

Posted 01.25.2014 | Miami

Police in Hollywood, Florida have discovered nearly 100 rape kits that have sat untested for years, as first reported by WSVN. Some of the kits d...

Amanda Terkel

Rape Kits May Stop In D.C. If Government Shutdown Continues | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's standard procedure for rape victims in the District of Columbia to receive a forensic exam when they arrive at the hospital so that...

5 Fun Facts About 'Pro-Life' Jodie Laubenberg

Charles Clymer | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Charles Clymer

Despite Laubenberg's loud declarations of support for the "unborn" and support for "women's health, her recent record on life issues and knowledge of reproductive health leaves much to be desired.

10 Crucial Facts About Rape Kits -- True Even in Texas

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 08.24.2013 | Crime
Soraya Chemaly

Just when I thought nothing could get more ridiculous than last week's "masturbating male fetus" rights argument to justify extreme anti-abortion rhetoric, this happened: Rep. Jodie Laubenberg explained, "In the emergency room they have what's called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out."

A Different Kind of Burning Man Story

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 11.20.2012 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

Whenever you hear about Burning Man, you hear about the art, the peace, the spiritual enlightenment, and, most importantly, the freedom. When you hear of Burning Man, you never hear of crime, and you certainly don't hear about a rape.

VAWA: Because Every Man, Woman and Child in America Is at Risk and Every Crime Victim Deserves Justice

Christine Pelosi | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

It is said April is the cruelest month and certainly this April Florida Governor Rick Scott landed the cruelest act, vetoing funding for rape crisis c...

Do You Live in a Rapist-Friendly State? (Yes, There Is Such a Thing.)

Keli Goff | Posted 04.28.2012 | Crime
Keli Goff

In interviews with representatives from organizations dedicated to aiding survivors of sexual assault and improving the criminal justice system's prosecution of sex crimes, I learned that as the current system stands the release of proven rapists is virtually inevitable.

Rape Is a 4-Letter Word

Mache Seibel, MD | Posted 04.21.2012 | Crime
Mache Seibel, MD

The U.S. Attorney General recently announced a revised definition of rape so that it can be more accurately reported and prosecuted. Here's how the new law differs from the old one.

Corrections Officer Charged In 1997 Rape Of 10-Year-Old Girl

Posted 11.22.2011 | Chicago

A Cook County sheriff's correctional officer has been charged with sexual assault of his 10-year-old step daughter based on DNA results from a rape ki...

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?

Failure to Test Rape Kits is a National Embarrassment

Lisa Madigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lisa Madigan

For a country that pioneered DNA testing as a crime-fighting tool, the failure to test rape kits is a national embarrassment. But we can change the situation, and we have done so in Illinois.

Left and Right Join to Fight Prison Rape

Pat Nolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Pat Nolan

It is a scandal that people housed in the custody of the government are not safe from sexual attack. No matter how terrible the crime, the sentence should not include being raped.