Your DGB for today is to contact your Representatives and ask them to provide funding to end the backlog of rape kits.
Did you know that there are almost 200,000 untested rape kits in the United States? Rape kit tests are invasive and often make the victim feel victimized all over again, but they are a vital part of finding and convicting the perpetrator. So why have so many gone untested, leaving thousands of rapists on the street? The main reason is funding. Most police departments just do not have the funding to send in all their kits. Some states have started allocating more money for rape kits, but not all. Some states are getting creative with it, like Texas, who sent a bill to their Governor's desk, allowing crowdfunding to cover costs for rape kit tests.
We want you to check out the website http://www.endthebacklog.org/. It’s run by the Joyful Heart Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by DGB’s personal shero, Mariska Hargitay from Law & Order: SVU. The website has more stats and info about rape kit backlogs and also provides a script for contacting your representatives. You can also donate to their efforts and help them get the word out.
We have a long way to go in ending rape culture and preventing sexual assault. Ending this backlog is one big step. Maybe next we can tackle the ridiculous statute of limitations for reporting rape.