Testimony of Sarah Haacke Byrd in California Senate on Rape Kit Reform

Joyful Heart Foundation Managing Director Sarah Haacke Byrd testified today before the California Senate Committee on Public Safety in support of rape kit reform legislation.

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Joyful Heart staff and California stakeholders have worked tirelessly in support of Senate Bill 1449, which is being heard by the Committee today. S.B. 1449 would mandate the swift submission and testing of all newly collected rape kits in California and would appropriate $2 million for local law enforcement agencies to support compliance with this new law.

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END THE BACKLOG is an initiative of the Joyful Heart Foundation to shine a light on the backlog of untested rape kits throughout the United States. Our goal is to end this injustice by conducting groundbreaking research identifying the extent of the nation’s backlog and best practices for eliminating it, expanding the national dialogue on rape kit testing through increased public awareness, engaging communities and government agencies and officials, and advocating for comprehensive rape kit reform legislation and policies at the local, state and federal levels. We urge you to learn more about the backlog, where it exists, and why it matters. We invite you to take action and support efforts to test rape kits. Help us send the message that we must take rape seriously.

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