Skip to comments.Bill to ensure wider rape kit testing moves ahead
Posted on 02/07/2013 8:37:10 PM PST by george76
DENVER Emotional testimony from the parents of Kenia Monge and other rape victims propelled a proposal that seeks to make sure that all rape kits are tested after being collected out of a House committee.
The bill, which seeks to reduce the number of untested rape kits in Colorado, unanimously passed the House Judiciary committee today.
Rape kits are used in all sexual assault investigations to preserve evidence from alleged victims, but many kits in Colorado are never tested after they are collected.
In Colorado, hundreds of rape kits remain untested across multiple counties, even though the Colorado Bureau of Investigations offers to test the collected evidence free of charge.
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How messed up is it we need thousands of “rape kits”????
The tools of self defense demonized to the delight of criminals.
This nation is fast collapsing.
What would prevent the authorities from testing a tape kit?
There are presumably rape prosecutions that are awaiting the results of these tests . . . . why would the state not process evidence?
Is the kit not tested if the charges are dropped? but why would charges be dropped until the evidence in the kit (or not in the kit) is tested?
this just doesn’t make sense.
Colorado Bureau of Investigations offers to test the collected evidence free of charge.
<< rape prosecutions that are awaiting the results of these tests >> At least investigations matching to known criminals, even some in prison ?
Apparently, the problem is often at the local city or county level ?
They don’t test them if they don’t have a suspect (i.e. the victim actually knew the alleged perp).
The shame is that if they did test them, they might get a hit from the DNA database.
As it is, they don’t even know how many serial rapists are active because they don’t bother to test rapes by unidentified strangers.
How stupid is that?
Lack of funding would prevent testing. I read a figure somewhere that there were at least 200,000 untested rape kits in the US. Last year’s murder statistics are down, but the sexual assault figures are up throughout the US. Is this a case where we want to balance the budget with more cuts??
Kits arent always tested because the victim changes their story or doesnt want to pursue it. In Virginia it is mandatory that the kits are kept forever...even if the victim diesnt want to prosecute...seen it dozens of times...
Kelly Binder says she was drugged and raped two years ago by a man she met at a bar in downtown Denver. She is upset police didn’t test her rape kit because she is concerned her attacker could still be raping other people.
Since 2008, DPD has received 1,064 rape kits, but 44 percent of those kits have never been tested.
Since 2007, Fort Collins has collected 243 rape kits. 72 percent of those rape kits were not tested.
During the last five years, Jefferson County .. 64 percent of its rape kits have not been tested.
Karen Moldovan with the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault said departments need to do a better job testing rape evidence.
Binder feels like she’s been victimized twice — once by her attacker, and again by the system that was supposed to protect her.
“The fact that my rape kit test, was never submitted into the system, just allows another predator to go free, to do this again to somebody else,” Binder said.
Your “rape kit” should come in 9mm.