Thousands of rape evidence kits never tested: fix it, LE!

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  1. zinc

    zinc Member

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    Editorial: Respect for Rape Victims
    The New York Times
    November 14, 2009

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/14/opinion/14sat3.html

    More information is available from Human Rights Watch: http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/11/05/us-senate-move-quickly-sexual-assault-bill

    You can contact your senator about this or any legislation: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
     
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  3. kgeaux

    kgeaux New Member

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    This is nothing new. A few years ago in Louisiana, it was ROUTINE to NOT test DNA from a rape victim, unless there was a suspect to compare to. During the time a couple of serial killers were wandering around from Breaux Bridge to Baton Rouge slaughtering women, a push was begun to begin "catching up" on that back-log. Several rapes that occurred years to a decade ago were immediately solved.

    I honestly don't know the reasoning behind this. DNA testing is expensive. Maybe rape victims aren't worth the cost to some districts?

    Things need to change, and change now. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!
     
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    OneLostGrl I'm going against the grain- I'm going sane

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