Statements for the Senate Judiciary Hearing, "Taking Sexual Assault Seriously: The Rape Kit Backlog and Human Rights"
Sarah Haacke Byrd is testifying before the hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, “Taking Sexual Assault Seriously: The Rape Kit Backlog and Human Rights.” Her testimony, here.
With the passage of Ohio’s new rape kit testing bill—signed into law in December—we are highlighting Ohio State Senator Capri Cafaro, the legislation’s sponsor, as today’s Featured Reformer.
Politics in the U.S. Congress have stalled new, critical funding to address the nation’s rape kit backlog.
This morning, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $41 million in its FY2015 Commerce, Justice and Science spending bill to address the rape kit backlog.
This new initiative will enable communities to develop a thorough approach to rape kit testing, investigation and prosecution of sexual violence, training for law enforcement and services for survivors.
With a few simple actions, you can let your legislators know how important their work to address the rape kit backlog is to you.
The FY2015 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill that the House of Representatives released on Tuesday includes $36 million to address rape kit backlogs across the country.