Across cities and counties, there are vast differences in the way law enforcement officials track and report rape kit data, if at all, making it exceedingly difficult to compare data and to have a national picture of the backlog. Sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse are inextricably linked.
This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we explore the overlap between domestic violence and sexual assault, and how efforts to end the backlog have brought to light the prevalence of this overlap. She writes today’s blog to inspire legislators and advocates across the country.
Today’s guest author is Texas State Representative Donna Howard, who has served in the Texas House since 2006, representing District 48 in Travis County. Testing rape kits swiftly helps link crimes together and identify serial rapists sooner.
:) As you may or may not know, this is the tenth anniversary of the site.
Last Black Friday I revealed some of the best blinds from the history of the site.
It all starts tomorrow at 930am Pacific Time and will last six or seven hours.