End the Rape Kit Backlog.  Pass the Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Act of 2011.
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End the Rape Kit Backlog. Pass the Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Act of 2011.

    1. Sarah Robin
    2. Petition by

      Sarah Robin

      Minneapolis, MN

Urge the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate and President Obama to pass the Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Act of 2011 (S.254).

What is the Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Act?

The Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Act of 2011 (S.254), sponsored by U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN), is a bill that would reduce the rape backlog, by addressing the problems surrounding forensic evidence collection in cases of sexual assault, including rape kit backlogs, reimbursement for or free provision of rape kits, and the availability of trained health professionals to administer rape kit examinations.

The Problem

The collection and testing of DNA evidence is a critical tool in solving rape cases. Law enforcement officials using the Combined DNA Index System have matched unknown DNA evidence taken from crime scenes with known offender DNA profiles in the State and National DNA database 2,371 times.

However, despite the availability of funding under the amendments made by the Debbie Smith Act of 2004 (title II of Public Law 108-405; 118 Stat. 2266) there exists a significant rape kit backlog in the United States.  There are currently over 180,000 untested rape kits currently in police storage.   Plus rape victims have to pay for their own rape kits.

There is a lack of sexual assault nurse examiners and health professionals who have received specialized training specific to sexual assault victims.  Also no agency regularly collects information regarding the scope of the rape kit backlog in the United States.

What will the Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Act of 2011 (S.254) do?

The Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Act of 2011 (S.254) will rectify this problem by;

-(1) requiring states receiving Edward Byrne Memorial justice assistance grants to certify the implementation of a policy for requiring all rape kits (DNA evidence relating to sexual assault) to be sent to crime laboratories for forensic analysis:

-(2) adjust the amount of such grants based upon compliance and noncompliance with rape kit backlog reduction requirements;

-(3) eliminate rape kit repayment requirements for sexual assault victims

-(4) provide for sexual assault forensic medical personnel examiners to collect and preserve evidence, provide expert testimony, and provide treatment of trauma relating to sexual assault.

Amends the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to:

-(1) authorize funding to eliminate rape kit backlogs and ensure that DNA analyses of samples from rape kits are carried out in a timely manner; and -

-(2) require states and local governments to adopt performance measures for reducing rape kit backlogs. Directs the Comptroller General to study and report to Congress on the availability of sexual assault nurse examiners and trained examiners at all Indian Health Service facilities operated under contracts.

What can you do to get the Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Act of 2011 (S.254) passed?

Please write to and/or call your U.S. Representatives and Senators and President Obama tell them to pass to pass the Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Act of 2011 (S.254).  Also ask your U.S. Representatives and Senators to co-sponsor the Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Act of 2011 (S.254). 

Also please sign the petition to pass the Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Act of 2011 (S.254). .

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    • Louis Messier WATERBURY, VT
      • about 2 years ago

      No woman deserves be violated!

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    • KELLIE MAGEE MORETOWN, VT
      • about 2 years ago

      Someone close to me was raped by a family member using the date rape drug.

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    • Harley Pecor MORETOWN, VT
      • about 2 years ago

      Across the U.S. there are thousands upon thousands of untested rape kits and for every kit that is untested that is a person who was violated and hasn't gotten justice for what happened to them. Albuquerque has 1,100 untested kits, Los Angeles has 4,000, and San Antonio has 11,000 ... that's 3 major cities... think of how many more are out there. It takes one click to get us one step closer to ending the backlog.

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    • keiana burch DAYTON, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      this should also be folllowed by stronger sentences and consequence for sexual offenders with DNA matches

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    • Brown Kathryn OKINAWA, JAPAN
      • over 2 years ago

      Get rapists off the street, test rape kits! Perpetrators don't usually assault once, by testing the kits it increases the chances of stopping these predators from striking again.

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