Skip to comments.Federal funds can help tackle backlog of rape-kit tests
Posted on 09/22/2012 5:27:53 PM PDT by Altariel
In 1984, a young woman named Carol Bart was kidnapped outside her Dallas apartment and raped at knifepoint. She submitted herself to an invasive rape kit to collect evidence, which then sat idle for 24 years.
When the kit was finally tested, DNA samples promptly identified her attacker as Joseph Houston Jr., a jailed sex offender who had attempted to rape another woman only four months after he raped Bart.
By 2008, unfortunately, the statute of limitations on Bart's rape had expired, and her attacker could not be brought to justice for the crime.
Tragically, Bart's case isn't an anomaly; there are thousands of others like it. For example, a Dallas woman named Lavinia Masters was raped during a home invasion in 1985 when she was just 13, but her kit wasn't tested until 2006, at which point the statute of limitations had lapsed.
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federal funds are never the answer
How much does it cost?
I would pay the money myself if this happened to me and they refused to do anything.
According to this:
“Many states cite inadequate funding as a reason for their backlogs. It typically costs about $1,000 to process one rape kit.”
I haven’t looked into this, but surely there is a private charity that would be willing to provide the funding for this.
Disappointing (but not surprising) that a Republican senator would propose using federal funds, and not propose founding (and funding) such a charity, if none exists.
wouldn’t it be more logical and cheaper to extend that statute of limitations?
No amount of money is going to take care of the backlog.
One quick way to reduce the backlog is castration.
That’s what I was thinking. Sex crimes have a high re offender rate.
In other words, instead of the cops buying toys and games for their departments (Half-tracks, sound-blasters, SWAT gear, etc.) they need to use the funds for their victims. About time!