Topic

rape evidence kits

2 petitions

Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to U.S. Governors, Pennsylvania State House, Pennsylvania State Senate, Robert Casey, Pat Toomey, Tom Wolf, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Fund the testing of backlogged rape kits

Eleven-year-old Madison Wertz of Williamsport, Pa., learned about the national backlog of rape kits from a YouTube crime show that she and her dad, Michael, watched in early 2016. Madison was appalled to learn so many victims’ kits have sat untested for years, and she leaped into action. She began collecting signatures on a petition to help pay for Pennsylvania's backlog of untested kits. After about 6 months and 750 signatures, she was nominated for the Williamsport Sun-Gazette's 2016 Person of the Year. Now, with the help and support of my office as Pennsylvania Auditor General, Madison is collecting signatures nationwide to encourage each state to pass legislation that fully funds the testing of its untested rape kits; to upload all usable DNA evidence into CODIS, the federal database that matches DNA to identify serial offenders; and to prevent such a backlog from ever forming again. As auditor general, I produced a special report in September 2016 that evaluated the state of untested rape kits in Pennsylvania and offered 10 recommendations for improvement and action. Please join Madison and me as we fight to help all victims of sexual assault find justice, regardless of what state they live in. Your signature can spur action that helps victims find peace and leads to serial offenders being put where they belong: behind bars, where they can't hurt anyone else.    

Eugene DePasquale
100,761 supporters
This petition won 1 year ago

Petition to Ron Wyden, Suzanne Bonamici

Oregon Congressional Reps: Support the Rights of Rape Survivors

My name is Brenda Tracy. In 1998 I was drugged and gang-raped by 4 college football players. I promptly reported the rape to police and had a rape kit done. As the victim, I did my part to make sure my attackers were held accountable and I expected those put in charge of my case to do the same. In 1998, I was told that my case would be difficult to prove and that I would have to endure 4 separate trials. Based on the information I was given by the DA, I decided that it was not worth it to pursue criminal charges. So, like many victims I retreated to a life of shame and silence and I tried to forget what happened to me, but you never forget. It becomes a part of you. For the next 16 years I battled depression, PTSD, and suicidal thoughts. After an emotional breakdown that threatened to put me in the hospital I decided to speak my truth - publicly. In 2014, my story ran in The Oregonian and after an investigation by reporter John Canzano I found out that not only was I the victim of a gang-rape, but I was also the victim of a broken legal system. A system that is still broken today. The DA lied to me. They had taped confessions from all four men. My rape kit was never tested and it was destroyed, along with the taped confessions, by police 3 years PRIOR to the statute of limitations expiring. I wasn't given a sexual assault counselor so I was never advised of my rights. The system that was supposed to protect me - didn't. Instead, it protected my rapists and their football careers. The tragic thing is that my story can happen again today. Survivors of sexual assault have very few rights and even those few rights depend on what state you live in. I will never see justice for the crimes committed against me. The only thing I will ever get is a "sorry" from those that failed me, but it doesn't have to be that way and you can help make sure that other survivors are protected. Please sign this petition and urge Oregons U.S. Senators and Representatives to support The Sexual Assault Survivor Rights Act. Join me in supporting common sense rape survivor rights such as: The right to be notified of your rights in clear languageThe right to a sexual assault counselorThe right to be notified and access informationThe right to fair legal procedures Thank you in advance for your support! By signing this petition you are not only helping sexual assault survivors in Oregon, but also 25 million other survivors across America.

Brenda Tracy
2,488 supporters