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After Night of Terror, Years of Anguish, She Finds Meaning

March 22, 2015—There’s no getting away from what happened to her, no matter how remarkable her recovery. Michelle Bowdler, 54 now, feels happy — lucky, even. She is married to someone she loves, with two amazing teenagers, a house somewhere nice, and a career she is passionate about. But every so often, the heart-stopping memories […]

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National Victim Advocates Applaud Passage Of Important Sexual Assault Evidence Bill In Ohio

December 17, 2014 — National victim advocacy groups belonging to the Rape Kit Action Project (RKAP) applaud today’s passage of Ohio Senate Bill 316, a bill that will provide justice for countless victims of sexual assault and create safer communities. The bill, sponsored by State Senator Capri Cafaro, sets guidelines for the submission and testing […]

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How I Stopped My Rapist

My attacker wasn’t powerful or famous—but my testimony helped put him away so he couldn’t harm other women. Why we need to make it safe for victims to speak out. I was a 20-year-old student, living my dream in Manhattan when my nightmares materialized in the form of a monster who held a gun to […]

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‘Rape kit’ DNA test backlog means justice is often delayed

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s $35 million pledge to examine thousands of untested sexual assault evidence kits languishing in police departments nationwide reflects a major shift in how law enforcement views rape cases and kits, analysts say. Despite what women’s rights advocates say was a persistent culture of indifference, police departments across the United States […]

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States Struggle to Tackle Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With possibly hundreds of thousands of rape kits untested across the country, a number of states are proposing legislation to address backlogs that in at least one case dates back nearly three decades. In Memphis, Tenn., alone, there are more than 12,000 untested rape kits going back to the 1980s, according […]

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Rape Survivors Fight Back Against Injustice of Rape Kit Backlog

LORTON, Va. (WUSA9) — It is a fact that DNA that could get rapists off the streets is just sitting on police department shelves, waiting to be tested. Some estimate that upwards of 400,000 rape victims aren’t getting justice, and this makes us all less safe. A coalition of advocacy groups and self-advocates are forming […]

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What We Can Do to Get Justice for Rape Victims

“Just for once I would like to see an end to committee meetings and research. Just get it done.” That statement was written by a survivor whose rapist was caught through a cold case project focused on processing untested sexual assault kits. She was asked her opinion about the best way to address the country’s […]

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Survivors Unite to Lift the Veil on the Rape Kit Backlog

The Rape Kit Action Project this month brought eight survivors cheap jerseys China together in Washington, DC, to learn about the nation’s rape kit backlog — and how they can be part of the solution. The Rape cheap jerseys Kit Action Project, led by RAINN, the National Center for Victims of Crime, and Natasha’s Justice […]

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