rape kits

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  • A report on the failure to test vast numbers of rape kits across the United States and the signficance for the rights of women, who are disproportionately impacted by sexual violence.
  • Lynn Hecht Schafran, director of the National Judicial Education Program (NJEP), which trains law enforcement officials to properly handle sexual assault cases, tells me that testing all rape kits is crucial, but it’s only a first step. “Even when a kit is tested, law enforcement often fails to forward the case for prosecution, and prosecutors often fail to go forward with the few cases referred to them,” she said.
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