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End the Rape Kit Backlog. Support the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry (SAFER) Act.
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End the Rape Kit Backlog. Support the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry (SAFER) Act.

    1. Sarah Robin
    2. Petition by

      Sarah Robin

      Minneapolis, MN

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Urge the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and President Obama to pass the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry (SAFER) Act of 2011.

What is the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry (SAFER) Act of 2011?

The Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry (SAFER) Act of 2011 (H.R.1523), sponsored by U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY 14) is a bill that will "amend the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to provide for Debbie Smith grants for auditing sexual assault evidence backlogs and to establish a Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry, and for other purposes."   In other words, the SAFER Act will help end the backlog of untested DNA evidence by providing crucial data on the number of unsolved rapes cases awaiting testing and establishing better standards for the tracking, storage and use of DNA evidence in sexual assault cases.

The Problem

In the United States, over 400,000 rape kits sit untested in refrigerators across the country.    As a result of rape kits going untested, any clues that the rape kits may hold to rapists' identities remain buried.  In other crime scene investigations, the DNA is processed within hours.  However, with a number of DNA rape kits, which contain DNA that could lead to the prosecution of an offender, sometimes go untouched for 10 years-exceeding the statue of limitations. 

What will the SAFER Act do?

The SAFER Act will;

- provide Debbie Smith grants to assist state and local law enforcement in auditing and cataloguing their backlogs, and will fund audits of unprocessed rape kits in cities and towns across the country. 

- mandate a national web-based registry of evidence collected from the rape kits, allowing survivors to easily track the status of their cases.   This registry will be online and accessible to the public, for the purpose of being awareness to the untested DNA evidence in thousands of rape cases, and allowing the rape victim track forensic evidence in their own case online at anytime.  Law enforcement will log up-to-date information on each rape case into SAFER, noting whether the DNA evidence has been analyzed or is awaiting testing. However, to protect the victim's privacy and confidentiality, neither the victim's name nor any other identifying information will be included.  Victims will receive a confidential code that allows them to check on the testing status of evidence from their own case.

- provide funding for local crime labs to hire and train new employees to deal specifically with rape kits. 

-require state attorney generals to report the best practices for use of the rape kit data. Under, the SAFER Act, data will be provided on the number of unsolved rape cases that are awaiting to be tested.

What can you do to get the SAFER Act passed?

Please write to and/or call your U.S. Representatives and Senators and President Obama tell them to pass the SAFER Act of 2011 (H.R.1523). Also ask your U.S. Representatives and Senators to co-sponsor the SAFER Act.

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    • Kathy Fisher HUNTSVILLE, AL
      • over 1 year ago

      I have been raped.

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    • p couture KINGSTON, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      justice for all womyn & others who are abused!

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    • Sandie Reed ESPARTO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      This is so important to have this evidence examined. The Statute of Limitations can run out, and this evidence would be worthless.

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    • Layne Mostyn COLUMBIA, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      It's time to take rape seriously!

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    • Suzie Nunn ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • almost 2 years ago

      My sister deserves her kit to be prosessed

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