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Rape Kits

(See related pages: Sexual Violence / Assault, SANE / SART, Sexual Violence / Assault on Campus and DNA / Forensics.)


$45 MILLION FOR RAPE KIT REFORM SIGNED INTO LAW, EndtheBacklog, December 16, 2015.

4 REASONS WHY MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS CAN'T ALWAYS PROVE IF SOMEONE WAS RAPED, Sian Ferguson, Everyday Feminism, October 16, 2016. Copyright © 2016 Everyday Feminism.


11,431 RAPE KITS WERE COLLECTED AND FORGOTTEN IN DETROIT, THIS IS THE STORY OF ONE OF THEM., Anna Clark, Elle, June 23, 2016. Copyright © 2016 Hearst Communications, Inc.

ADDRESSING COLORADO'S BACKLOG: GUIDELINES FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM NOTIFICATION, Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, Ending Violence Against Women Project, Colorado Division of Criminal Justice / Office for Victims Program, Brighton Police Department, The Blue Bench, Denver Police Department, TESSA and S.A.R.A. House, May 2014.

Appendix

Handout for Victims (English and Español)

Sample Protocol

Talking Points & Information

ANALYSIS OF UNTESTED SEXUAL ASSAULT KITs IN NEW ORLEANS, Mark S. Nelson, National Institute of Justice, Washington, DC: 2013.

Anonmyous SEXUAL ASSAULT Kits in IOWA Fact Sheet, Amy Pollpeter, Iowa DCI Crime Lab, Ankeny, IA.

CITY TO USE NEARLY $1.2 MILLION TO ELIMINATE AUSTIN'S RAPE KIT BACKLOG, Philip Jankowski and Katie Urbaszewski, Austin American-Statesman, April 21, 2016. Copyright © 2016 Cox Media Group.

THE COST OF TESTING RAPE KITS: EXPERTS SAY IT'S SAVED US $38.7 MILLION SO FAR, Rachel Dissell, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH: June 29, 2016. Copyright © 2016 Advance Ohio.

DESPITE DNA, THE RAPIST GOT AWAY, Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times, Robbins, IL: May 9, 2015. Copyright © 2015 The New York Times Company.

DETROIT SEXUAL ASSAULT KIT ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT (final report), Rebecca Campbell, Giannina Fehler-Cabral, Steven J. Pierce, Dhruv B. Sharma, Deborah Bybee, Jessica Shaw, Sheena Horsford and Hannah Feeney, February 2015.

A DISTURBING TREND: EVIDENCE IN RAPE CASES OFTEN GOES UNTESTED, Elaine Porterfield, Seattle Magazine, August 2016. Copyright © 2016 Tiger Oak Media.

DOES THE JUSTICE ADVOCATE POSITION ENHANCE SEX CRIMES INVESTIGATIONS?, Noël Busch-Armendariz and Caitlin Sulley, Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Austin, TX: March 2015. Read news release.

DOWN THE ROAD: TESTING EVIDENCE IN SEXUAL ASSAULTS, Special Report, National Institute of Justice, Washington, DC: June 2016.

DRAFTER'S CHECKLIST FOR RAPE KIT REFORM, EndtheBacklog, February 2016.

ELIMINATING THE RAPE KIT BACKLOG, National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Enola, PA.

ELIMINATING THE RAPE KIT BACKLOG: A ROUNDTABLE TO EXPLORE A VICTIM-CENTERED APPROACH ~ SUMMARY OF THE PROCEEDINGS, Office on Violence Against Women, Washington, DC: May 11-12, 2010.

FIVE THINGS ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT KITS, National Institute of Justice, Washington, DC: April 2015.

A FORENSIC NURSE EXPLAINS: WHAT GOES INTO COLLECTING A RAPE KIT, Anna Clark, Elle, June 27, 2016. Copyright © 2016 Hearst Communications, Inc.

FUNDING TO ADDRESS NATIONAL BACKLOG OF UNTESTED SEXUAL ASSAULT KITS

Pictured from left to right: Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Vice President Joe Biden and Joyful Heart Foundation Founder and President Mariska Hargitay.

Joyful Heart Foundation Celebrates Nearly $80 Million Awarded to Support Comprehensive Rape Kit Reform, Joyful Heart Foundation, New York, NY: September 10, 2015.

Vice President Biden and Attorney General Lynch Announce $41 Million Grant Initiative to Address National Backlog of Untested Sexual Assault Kits, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC: September 10, 2015. See list of federal award recipients.

HERE'S SOME GOOD NEWS FOR SEXUAL-ASSAULT VICTIMS, Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn, Mother Jones, September 28, 2016. Copyright © 2016 Mother Jones and the Foundation for National Progress.

HOUSTON IS FINALLY TESTING A BACKLOG OF THIRTY-YEAR-OLD RAPE KITS, Blog, Feminist Majority Foundation, February 27, 2015. Copyright © 2015 Feminist Majority Foundation Blog.

HOUSTON SEXUAL ASSAULT KIT RESEARCH ~ A MULTIDISCIPLINARY PROJECT, National Institute of Justice.

HOW RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY ARE EXPANDING SEXUAL ASSAULT KIT TESTING (video), National Institute of Justice, Washington, DC: January 2016.

HOW TO NOTIFY VICTIMS ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT KIT EVIDENCE, Noël Busch-Armendariz, Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Austin, TX: March 2015. Read news release.

HOW VICTIMS ARE NOTIFIED ABOUT UNTESTED RAPE KITS MATTERS, JOYFUL HEART FOUNDATION REPORT SAYS, Rachel Dissell, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH: April 7, 2016. Copyright © 2016 Advance Ohio. Review report.

AN INCOMPREHENSIBLE FAILURE, Sarah Haacke Byrd, The Huffington Post, September 20, 2016. Copyright © 2016 TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc.

INSIDE THE NATIONAL EFFORT TO COMBAT THE RAPE KIT BACKLOG ~ AND HOW DETROIT IS LEADING THE FIGHT, Diane Pearl, People, June 9, 2016. Copyright © 2016 Time Inc.

INVESTMENTS TO REDUCE THE NATIONAL RAPE KIT BACKLOG AND COMBAT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (fact sheet), The White House, Washington, DC: March 16, 2015.

IT TOOK 9 YEARS TO FINALLY GET JUSTICE FOR MY SEXUAL ASSAULT, Kristen Mascia, Women's Day, April 11, 2017. Copyright © 2017 Hearst Communications, Inc.

JHF TO PARTNER WITH MANHATTAN DA ON NEW INITIATIVE TO HELP END THE RAPE KIT BACKLOG, EndtheBacklog, November 12, 2014. Watch video.

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE APPROVES SAFER ACT ~ BILL SEEKS TO ELIMINATE MASSIVE NATIONAL RAPE KIT BACKLOG, John Cornyn (R-TX), U.S. Senate, Washington, DC: September 20, 2012.

KANSAS WORKING GROUP AS A MODEL FOR SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATION, Blog, Katie Whisman, EndtheBacklog, April 17, 2017.

KEY COMPONENTS OF BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL VICTIM NOTIFICATION PROTOCOL, Noël Busch-Armendariz and Caitlin Sulley, Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Austin, TX: March 2015. Read news release.

LANDSCAPE OF REFORM: STATE LEGISLATION ENACTED IN 2016, Blog, Ilse Knecht, EndtheBacklog, October 2016.

LEGISLATIVE LANDSCAPE OF RAPE KIT REFORM: 2016, Blog, Ilse Knecht, EndtheBacklog, February 9, 2016.

LEGISLATORS MUST FUND RAPE KIT REFORM, Blog, Lily Rocha, EndtheBacklog, March 16, 2017.

MAKING SENSE OF DNA BACKLOGS ~ MYTHS VS. REALITY, Special Report, National Institute of Justice, Washington, DC.

2012, Mark Nelson, Ruby Chase and Lindsay DePalma December 2013

2010, February 2011

MANHATTAN DA CY VANCE SAYS 70 ARRESTS MADE ACROSS U.S. AFTER OLD RAPE KITS WERE EXAMINED, Andy Mai, New York Daily News, March 2, 2017. Copyright © 2017 NYDailyNews.com.

MEET THE 24-YEAR-OLD WHO COULD CHANGE HOW THE US HANDLES SEXUAL ASSAULTS, Molly Redden, The Guardian, February 23, 2016. Copyright © 2016 Guardian News and Media Limited.

NAVIGATING NOTIFICATION: A GUIDE TO RE-ENGAGING SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS AFFECTED BY THE UNTESTED RAPE KIT BACKLOG, Joyful Heart Foundation, New York, NY: March 2016.

NAVIGATING NOTIFICATION (webinar recording), Ilse Knecht and Courtney Ahrens, Joyful Heart Foundation, New York, NY: May 17, 2016.

THE NIJ-FBI SEXUAL ASSAULT KIT PARTNERSHIP ~ A NATIONAL RESOURCE FOR UNSUBMITTED SEXUAL ASSAULT KITS, National Institute of Justice, Washington, DC: 2014.

NOTIFYING SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS AFTER TESTING EVIDENCE, National Institute of Justice and Office for Victims of Crime, Washington, DC: January 2016.

OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS AWARDS OVER $38 MILLION TO EXPAND SEXUAL ASSAULT KIT TESTING, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC: September 26, 2016.

OHIO SUPREME COURT REVERSES DECISION IN CLEVELAND RAPE KIT CASE THAT DREW NATIONAL ATTENTION, Rachel Dissell, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 27, 2016. Copyright © 2016 Advance Ohio.

AN OVERDUE EXAMINATION OF DETROIT'S FORGOTTEN RAPE KITS, Annie Waldman, ProPublica, August 1, 2016. Copyright © 2016 ProPublica Inc.

PROGRESS ON TESTING SEXUAL ASSAULT KITS (video and transcript), National Institute of Justice, Washington, DC: September 8, 2016.

RAPE KITS MAY STOP IN D.C. IF GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN CONTINUES, Amanda Terkel and Jason Cherkis, The Huffington Post, Washington, DC: October 11, 2013. Copyright © 2013 TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc.

RAPISTS, BEWARE: DETROIT PROSECUTOR IDs 21 ATTACKERS IN 'RAPE KIT' INVESTIGATION, Abigail Pesta, The Daily Beast, August 28, 2012. Copyright © 2012 The Newsweek/ Daily Beast Company LLC.

REBUTTAL: JUSTICE REQUIRES RAPE-KIT TESTING, Sarah Tofte, Women's eNews, April 4, 2011. Copyright © 2011 Women's eNews.

THE SAGA OF MY RAPE KIT, Emily Winslow, International New York TImes, Cambridge, UK: May 19, 2016. Copyright © 2016 The New York Times Company.

SDPD DOUBLES DOWN ON DECISION TO LEAVE SOME RAPE KITS UNTESTED, Kelly Davis, Voice of San Diego, September 8, 2016.

SEEKING VICTIM COMPENSATION IN SEXUAL ASSAULT BACKLOG CASES, The National Center for Victims of Crime, Washington, DC: 2012.

sexual assault evidence kit, Albuquerque, NM: revised July 2005.

Checklist: A Summary of the Sexual Assault Evidence Collection and Exam Procedures

Instructions

Sexual Assault History Form

SEXUAL ASSAULT KIT BACKLOGS: SURVIVOR PERSPECTIVES, The National Center for Victims of Crime, Washington, DC: 2012.

THE SEXUAL ASSAULT KIT INITIATIVE: AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARD ENDING THE RAPE KIT BACKLOG, Carrie Bettinger-Lopez, Blog, The White House, Washington, DC: March15, 2016.

SEXUAL ASSAULT KIT TESTING INITIATIVES AND NON-INVESTIGATIVE KITS: WHITE PAPER, Office on Violence Against Women, Washington, DC: January 2017. Read related blog posting.

SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS NOW HAVE A BASIC FEDERAL BILL OF RIGHTS, Anna Merod, MSNBC, May 24, 2016. Copyright © 2016 NBC Universal.

SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS' 'BILL OF RIGHTS'

JWI Responds to Passage of H.R. 5578, Survivors' Bill of Rights ActJewish Women International, Washington, DC: September 6, 2016.

New U.S. rape survivors law may encourage more to press charges, experts say, Sebastien Malo, Daily Mail, New York, NY: October 10, 2016. Copyright © 2016 Associated Newspapers Ltd.

NSVRC Commends Congress, President Obama for Passage of Survivors' Bill of Rights, National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Enola, PA: October 7, 2016.

Obama Just Signed a 'Bill of Rights for Sexual-Assault Survivors', Madison Pauly, Mother Jones, October 7, 2016. Copyright © 2016 Mother Jones and the Foundation for National Progress.

Obama Signs Historic Sexual Assault Survivors' 'Bill of Rights', Olivia Messer, The Daily Beast, October 7, 2016. Copyright © 2016 The Daily Beast Company LLC.

President Obama Signs Historic Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights Into Law, Maggie Mallon, Glamour, October 7, 2016. Copyright © 2016 Condé Nast.

Senate Passes Bill to Preserve Sexual Assault Kits, Jordain Carney, Floor Action Blog, The Hill, Washington, DC: September 28, 2016. Copyright © 2016 Capitol Hill Publishing Corp.

SEXUAL ASSAULT Victim Notification Recommended Protocol, Utah Office for Victims of Crime, Salt Lake City, UT: August 6, 2015.

SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS' EXPERIENCES OF NOTIFICATION AFTER A CODIS HIT, Noël Busch-Armendariz, Caitlin Sulley and Beverly McPhail, Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Austin, TX: March 2015. Read news release.

SHOULD WE "TEST ANONYMOUS KITS?" WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS QUESTION, WHAT SHOULD THE CORRECT QUESTION BE, AND WHAT IS THE ANSWER FOR COMMUNITIES SEEKING TO IMPLEMENT BEST PRACTICES?, Training Bulletin, End Violence Against Women International, Addy, WA: October 2013.

SINCE MARCH...CULMINATING IN 41 MILLION DOLLARS DEDICATED IN THE FEDERAL BUDGET TO ENDING THE RAPE KIT BACKLOG, EndtheBacklog and Joyful Heart Foundation, December 20, 2014.

SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF UNTESTED EVIDENCE IN SEXUAL ASSAULTS, Nancy Ritter, NIJ Journal (number 267), National Institute of Justice, Washington, DC: March 2011.

STATE FORENSICS LOOKING TO STREAMLINE RAPE KITS IN TEXAS, Gigi Barnett, David Barer, Alicia Inns and Brittany Glas, KXAN-TV, Austin, TX: February 10, 2017. Copyright © 2000-2017 LIN Television of Texas, LP.

TAKING ON THE CHALLENGE OF UNSUBMITTED SEXUAL ASSAULT KITS (webinar), Rebecca Campbell, William Wells, Noël Busch-Armendariz and Mary Lentschke, Government Innovators Network, Cambridge, MA: October 31, 2014. Copyright © 2014 The President & Fellows of Harvard College.

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF RAPE KITS GO UNTESTED ACROSS USA, Steve Reilly, USA TODAY, July 16, 2015. Copyright © 2015 USA TODAY.

TESTING JUSTICE ~ THE RAPE KIT BACKLOG IN LOS ANGELES CITY AND COUNTY (executive summary and full report), Human Rights Watch, New York, NY: March 2009. Copyright © 2009 Human Rights Watch. Read news release.

TO CATCH A RAPIST: HOUSTON LEADS ON TESTING OLD RAPE KITS, Emily DePrang, The Texas Observer, October 8, 2014. Copyright © 2014 The Texas Observer.

UNDER PRESSURE, CITIES INVESTIGATE BACKLOG OF RAPE CASES, Stop Violence Against Women, The Advocates for Human Rights, August 13, 2014.

UNITING TO SOLVE SEXUAL ASSAULT CRIMES, National Institute of Justice, Washington, DC: March 28, 2017.

UNSUBMITTED SEXUAL ASSAULT KITS IN HOUSTON, TX: CASE CHARACTERISTICS, FORENSIC TESTING RESULTS AND THE INVESTIGATION OF CODIS HITS, FINAL REPORT, William Wells, Bradley Campbell and Cortney Franklin, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC: April 2016.

VAWA 2013 COMPLIANCE DEADLINE, Training Bulletin, End Violence Against Women, International, Addy, WA: February 2016.

VICTIM NOTIFICATION BEST PRACTICES: WHY THEY MATTER, Valli Kalei Kanuha, Blog, EndtheBacklog, April 7, 2016.

VICTIMS' RIGHTS AND BACKLOG REDUCTION LAWS, DNA Resource Center, Washington, DC.

VICTIMS, ADVOCATES PLEAD WITH CITY LEADERS TO RESOLVE RAPE KIT BACKLOG, Elizabeth Findell, Austin American-Statesman, September 2, 2016. Copyright © 2016 Cox Media Group.

WHY TEST RAPE KITS AFTER THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS HAS EXPIRED? A VICTIM-CENTRIC APPROACH, DNA Resource Center, Washington, DC: 2013.

WHY THOUSANDS OF RAPE KITS ARE GOING UNTESTED?, On Point, WBUR 90.9, July 23, 2015. Copyright © 2015 WBUR.

WHY WERE SO MANY SEXUAL ASSAULT KITS NOT TESTED IN DETROIT? (video), Rebecca Campbell, National Institute of Justice, Washington, DC: April 25, 2014.

YOU HAVE TO DRIVE AN HOUR FOR A RAPE KIT IN RURAL AMERICA, Danielle Paquette, Wonkblog, The Washington Post, April 19, 2016. Copyright © 1996-2016 The Washington Post.



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