DC City Council: Increase SAFE Kit Access
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DC City Council: Increase SAFE Kit Access

    1. Katie Breslin
    2. Petition by

      Katie Breslin

      Washington, DC

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.

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    • Kailey Mills BEACON FALLS, CT
      • almost 3 years ago

      It's no wonder so many cases of rape go unreported, there are limited ways to report it!

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    • Mary Simmons IRVINE, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      The woman who have been raped should not go without the SAFE kit. We need them to keep rapist from hurting any women. All hospital should have one. All women need those kit.

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    • Jayne Knous FAYETTEVILLE, NC
      • almost 3 years ago

      Why isn't this in place already, unbelievable! Every hospital in the world should have SAFE kits for sexually assaulted victims. Women, children & yes, even men need compassionate help in treatment & in catching the filthy rapist.

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    • Rainee Scott BRANDON, MS
      • almost 3 years ago

      ALL women deserve to have their assault taken seriously and prosecuted to the fullest -- not just those lucky enough to live near the right hospital. Sending this open message that "the authorities don't care about your rape" simply keeps more and more women from reporting them, which keeps them from being prosecuted and keeps the perpetrators on the streets. Women deserve better!

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    • Arlene Lawson GRANADA HILLS CA, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I worked for years on a rape hot line also edited the booklet "Rape Survivor" used in Los Angeles County hospitals. I know first hand how important this is

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