The SAFER Act, S. 3250 (also known as H.R. 1523), is a no-cost bill that will help lead to the elimination of the DNA backlog of evidence collected in rape cases (commonly known as rape kits). Currently, there is a tremendous backlog of DNA evidence from unsolved rape cases that has never been sent to the lab for analysis. Until we test this evidence and identify the rapists, those criminals remain free to attack more victims.
The SAFER Act will create the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry (SAFER), which will track the status of DNA evidence collected in rape cases. This legislation will help law enforcement determine the size and scope of their backlogs, and will facilitate the tracking of these cases moving forward.
The SAFER Act will bring transparency to the testing process and help us efficiently target resources to areas that have the biggest backlogs. It will also inform law enforcement and the public about the extent of the DNA backlog in their communities and throughout the country.
The SAFER Act will increase the efficiency of the criminal justice system by more effectively targeting areas with the most significant backlogs, while making the entire process more transparent to the public. Processing this evidence from rape cases quickly will help to ensure justice for survivors of this violent crime by taking rapists off the streets, and will help create safer communities.
The bill has strong bipartisan support, and RAINN is optimistic that it will move quickly through the U.S Congress with your help! Contact your U.S. Senator today to express your support for the SAFER Act, S.3250.