Presidential candidate Kamala Harris wants to spend a billion dollars to clear the rape kit backlog.

By |2019-07-13T08:19:36-08:00July 14th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |9 Comments

Yes, there’s a rape kit backlog.

Courtesy of Newsweek:

There are currently hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits in police evidence storage facilities around the country and 2020 Democratic hopeful Kamala Harris has a plan to end the nationwide backlog.

On Thursday, Harris said she would spend $1 billion in order to help states clear rape kit backlogs. The money would also help law enforcement reform their approach to sexual crimes, including testing rape kits earlier and regularly updating victims with information about the status of the testing.

“The federal government can and should prioritize justice for survivors of sexual abuse,” Harris said in a statement. “As California’s Attorney General, I committed resources and attention to clearing a backlog of 1,300 untested rape kits at state-run labs, and we got it done within my first year in office. We need the same focus at the national level to pursue justice and help hold predators accountable.”

Under her proposal, states that conduct an annual count and official report of untested rape kits would be eligible for additional funding from the federal government. The money would also increase the amount of rape kits available to police departments, especially in rural areas.

Harris said that her $1 billion investment would cover about 225,000 rape kits that remain untested. According to End the Backlog, an advocacy group that assists crime victims, it can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $1,500 to test a rape kit.

The fact that there are hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits is mindboggling. 

Rape is one of the most underreported crimes in America. 

So you have a person who is willing to call the police and undergo a humiliating rape test, and then nobody even bothers to process it? 

So this person is not only violated by their attacker but then also violated by an uncaring system. 

And people wonder why women often do not come forward to report sexual violence. 

I think Kamala Harris is right to shine a light on this problem, and I hope that whichever Democrat wins the White House in 2020 will make it a priority. 

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9 Comments

  1. Anonymous July 14, 2019 at 3:18 am - Reply

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  4. Anonymous July 14, 2019 at 4:10 am - Reply

    “and I hope that whichever Democrat wins the White House in 2020 will make it a priority. ”

    hhaaaaaqaaahahahahaha.

    Check yourself before you wreck yourself brother.

    • Anonymous July 14, 2019 at 8:45 am - Reply

      Go take your meds.

  5. Anonymous in Chicago July 14, 2019 at 8:49 am - Reply

    I have a question for Kamala Harris, “During your time as a Senator (2 1/2 years), what legislation/bill have you proposed in order to have the rape kit backlog resolved?”

    • Paul July 14, 2019 at 10:17 am - Reply

      Anonymous in Chicago: Maybe you haven’t noticed, but the U.S. Senate is controlled by republicans. Under Mitch McConnell’s “leadership” the senate does not consider legislation proposed by democrats. Actually, it rarely even considers legislation proposed by republicans. Maybe you could inform all of us what good it would have done to propose legislation that would never, ever, ever be considered. Do you spend your limited time on wasted activities?

    • Anonymous July 14, 2019 at 11:59 am - Reply

      Yea, they always blame it on the Democrats, however what did the republicans do in TWO years they held the house, senate and WH, nothing except try to repeal Obamacare for the 55th time and pass a tax bill for the filthy rich.

  6. Anonymous in Chicago July 14, 2019 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Paul: Kamala Harris is running for President and anyone can ask a candidate a relevant question about their record.

    Let me clarify my question: If this is such an important issue to Harris, why wait until she “becomes” President? Why hasn’t Harris used her time as a Senator to propose this very legislation? Why hasn’t she worked with other Senators to co-sponsor a bill? From my perspective, she appears to be presenting this as a Presidential candidate and not through her duties as a Senator. And that bothers me.

    BTW, I am sick of the Trump Republicans and I despise Mitch McConnell, but there are Democratic candidates who have a record of proposed legislation on many issues. If McConnell kills the bill, it’s still an effort made by the Senator and it goes on their record. We (Democrats) can’t have a “do nothing” approach, despite Mitch McConnell.

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