CALIFORNIA ACTION ALERT

Two rape kit reform bills are on Governor Brown’s desk. Please act now to urge him to sign these bills into law before the September 30 deadline.

Together, S.B. 1449 and A.B. 3118 will bring California closer to comprehensive rape kit reform:

  • S.B. 1449, sponsored by Senator Connie Leyva, requires law enforcement to submit rape kits for testing within 20 days of collection and crime labs to test the evidence within 120 days of receipt. Current state law merely encourages the timely submission and testing of kits. According to an analysis of public records requests issued through The Accountability Project in eight California jurisdictions, encouragement is not enough. Rape kits are languishing—untested—in storage facilities throughout the state.
  • A.B. 3118, sponsored by Assemblymember David Chiu, calls for the first-ever statewide count of rape kits. We don’t know how many untested kits are sitting on shelves in California. That’s unacceptable! We must get an accurate inventory. Once we know the scope of the problem, we can work to fix it. We owe it to survivors who have been waiting for years—sometimes decades—to know what happened to their rape kit.

Funding to complete the statewide inventory and to test rape kits has been included in the state budget.

We need you to act now to make sure these changes are enacted in California. Contact Governor Brown today to ask him to sign these bills. With his signature, California will join the growing list of states taking action to bring a path to justice and healing to all sexual assault survivors.

 

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