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Congress addresses rape kit backlog

Posted in Activism, Politics and Sex with tags , , , , on November 29, 2009 by girlonpiano

“Each year, approximately 200,000 rapes are reported in the United States. The majority of these sexual assault victims undergo a medical examination immediately after the attack so that the police can obtain a rape kit — a collection of any physical evidence the attacker may have left behind, including vaginal swabs, urine samples, blood tests, and fingernail scrapings. And then, in many cases, these kits sit collecting dust.”   Read Roxann MtJoy’s whole story here. At the end, there’s a link to contact your congresswomen and men.

Sheriff in LA stops rape kit analyses

Posted in Feminist Sex, Legal, You Fucked Up! with tags , , on June 30, 2009 by girlonpiano

No funds, sheriff halts rape DNA tests
Published: June 23, 2009 at 1:12 AM

LOS ANGELES, June 23 (UPI) — Los Angeles County officials say a shortage of funds has prompted them to suspend a program intended to analyze DNA evidence in thousands of sexual assaults.
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