According to the FBI’s annual report “Crime in the United States,” 187 rapes were reported in the District in 2010. About 60 percent of sexual assaults are unreported, according to RAINN.
A SAFE (sexual assault forensic evidence) kit is a set of tools used to gather physical evidence of rape or sexual assault. These kits must be done in a timely manner, and often the longer a victim waits the less evidence can be gathered.
In the District of Columbia hospitals are not required to carry SAFE kits. Only one hospital in the district carries SAFE kits and necessary training for the staff to administrate. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program at Washington Hospital Center is the only hospital for rape victims to receive this procedure.
We the college students of DC ask you to sign this petition asking that all hospitals should be required to carry SAFE kits and hire staff to administer rape kits.