Rape

End the Backlog

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Your DGB for today is to help end the backlog of untested rape kits in the US.

There are hundreds of thousand of rape kits, sitting in evidence rooms across the country, just waiting to be tested. And why haven’t they been? Money. Apparently catching rapists just isn’t worth the cost, but there’s something you personally can do.

We did a grab exactly one year ago about ending the backlog, https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2017/6/12/enough?rq=End%20the%20backlog, and we are happy to announce that Texas did pass the bill to allow crowdfunding of testing for rape kits. In its first month, an initiative that allowed you to donate $1.00 or more fund the processing of rape kits when you applied for your Texas Drivers License, earned $25,000 towards its cause. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2018/01/25/texas-drivers-donated-25k-month-alone-help-clear-rape-kit-testing-backlog Imagine if other states followed suit.

Here’s what you can do to make that happen, you can check out http://www.endthebacklog.org and find out what’s happening in your state. They have sections for you to contact your representative, get involved and to donate.

Ending this backlog will catch criminals. It will bring closure to hundreds of thousands of women. And, most importantly, it lets victims and potential victims know that this crime does matter, that what happened to them is wrong, and that we’re going to do everything in our power to catch and stop who did this. Ending rape culture can start with one simple little step of showing that we will find and catch rapists, and punish them to the fullest extent of the law.

In the words of our hero, Olivia Benson, “Healing begins when someone bears witness. I saw you. I believe you.”

 

Enough.

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.