Media Archive by Topic: rape kit backlog

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Why Are These Rapes Still Unsolved?
September 28th, 2010 • The Daily Beast
Linda Fairstein
On tonight’s Law & Order: SVU, police will discover thousands of unexamined rape kits—a chilling premise that’s not just fiction. Linda Fairstein on how the real backlog could solve countless crimes. read more
Ending the Backlog
September 28th, 2010 • The Huffington Post
Mariska Hargitay and Neal Baer
By failing to test rape kits, we are telling victims that pursuing justice doesn't matter, that convicting violent perpetrators and taking them off our streets is not a top priority. read more
New National Initiative on Rape Kits
May 21st, 2010 • CBS Evening News
Armen Keteyian
Almost a year ago, CBS News broadcast a two part series on a five month investigation into tens of thousands of untested rape kits nationwide. read more
Rape Kit Testing Backlog Thwarts Justice for Victims
May 20th, 2010 • ABC News
Devin Dwyer and Lisa Jones
When Valerie Neumann woke up dazed and physically bruised the morning after her 21st birthday, the awful reality began to sink in that she had been raped. Neumann then made the difficult decision many sexual assault victims make -- to submit to the ordeal of a rape kit at her local hospital. read more
Lobbying to reduce the Rape Kit Backlog
March 24th, 2010 • CBS News
Laura Strickler
This week, Valerie Neumann, a rape victim who was profiled in a CBS News investigation into the national rape kit backlog, is pounding the halls of Congress asking dozens of lawmakers to support legislation that will require DNA from all rape kits to be tested. read more
Nurses who deal with sexual assault cases are 'a special kind of person'
November 5th, 2009 • Times Herald-Record
Heather Yakin
Caring for and collecting evidence from survivors of sexual assault takes a special mix of compassion and technical expertise. read more
DNA test key in state rape kit overhaul
October 23rd, 2009 • Times Union
Carol Demere
It was the first overhaul in 20 years of what is officially known as the sexual offense evidence collection kit and the upgrade was seriously needed, state Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Denise E. O’Donnell said. read more
'SVU' star Mariska Hargitay joins forces with pros to revamp DNA evidence tool for rape victims
October 22nd, 2009 • NY Daily News
Patrick O'Shaughnessy
A new kit for collecting forensic evidence from rape victims will be unveiled today - the first revamping of the crucial tool in 20 years. read more
Rape kits get DNA upgrade, 'SVU' star
October 22nd, 2009 • NY Post
Bill Sanderson
Two decades after their first use in New York emergency rooms, rape testing kits are being updated for the DNA age. read more

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