WHAT RAPE CULTURE? New Report Shows Rape-Kit Backlog Still High
As Hargitay said in a statement,
To me, the rape kit backlog is one of the clearest and most shocking demonstrations of how we regard sexual assault in our society. A rape kit can bring justice, so often an integral part of a survivor’s healing. Testing rape kits sends a fundamental and crucial message to victims of sexual violence: You matter.
DNA evidence is critical to stopping rapists: An estimated 91 to 95 percent of rapes are committed by serial rapists—and serial offenders commit an average of six rapes each—so stopping them after the first offense could prevent untold numbers of crimes. Testing rape kits is the first step to getting these offenders off the streets.