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Old 29th November 2018, 11:29 AM   #1
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When Rape Kits are Treated like Trash

CNN has run a number of stories today detailing the destruction of Rape kits, often with little to no investigation and in cases where the statute of limitations has not run out.

Destroyed

Rape victims endure invasive exams to get justice(video)

How rape cases went wrong

Where police failed rape victims

4-year-old girl 'absolutely robbed' of justice

‘They treated me like trash’

Victim: Destroying my rape kit tells me I don't matter

Good evidence gone


Lots there, much of it text but video as well. I haven't gone through all of it, but some things that stand out:
  • Some police departments have the victim sign a form indicating whether or not they want the assailant charged, often the same day as the assault before any investigation has taken place. That can stop the investigation, leading to destruction of physical evidence, leaving the crime much more difficult to investigate if the victim later changes his or her mind.
  • Other departments stop investigating and close the case unsolved if the victim does not respond to written communication within 10 days. That leads to tests being destroyed before the statute of limitations has expired, such that the investigation cannot resume if the victim later wants to work with police.

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Old 29th November 2018, 11:46 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by crescent View Post
Some police departments have the victim sign a form indicating whether or not they want the assailant, often the same day as the assault before any investigation has taken place.
Sorry, whether or not they want the assailant what?
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Old 29th November 2018, 11:55 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Belz... View Post
Sorry, whether or not they want the assailant what?
Charged. I make a lot of typos, I think I need an editor.
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Old 29th November 2018, 12:07 PM   #4
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Bah too much money to waste on a unimportant crime of course.
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Old 29th November 2018, 12:20 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by crescent View Post
Charged. I make a lot of typos, I think I need an editor.
Tell you what. Send every post to me and I'll make sure to... adjust them... to my liking.
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Old 30th November 2018, 07:32 AM   #6
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The local St. Louis County police had to “take over” policing in one of our rather notorious municipalities, Wellston, as it had been found that none of the police in the town were qualified under state law.
In investigating the department property, they found a typical “yard barn” structure that was being used as the evidence locker. It contained dozens of untested rape kits dating back years...
This has been reported on NPR as well, it’s a widespread situation.
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Old 30th November 2018, 07:57 AM   #7
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Robbins, IL, which achieved national notice for the shooting by Police from neighboring Midlothian of a security guard, had before acheived local notoriety for another outcome related to it's lack of a full-fledged police force:

170 rape kits, no investigations until Cook County stepped in to seek justice

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Smith said 170 rape kits were found in possession of the Robbins Police Department, many of which had been sent off for processing, but none of which were being actively investigated. Smith said she has a hard time comprehending why it took so long for the department to ask for help from Cook County. She said Robbins has "a significant lack of resources, a part-time police department and these sexual assaults that went unchecked for decades."
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And if they do get around to processing them, make sure to use a hospital that can fraudulently bill the rape victim for the work.

Nothing says "We're here to help." like a collections agency hounding you after you've been sexually assaulted.

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireSt...-kits-59508575
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And people wonder why rapes are not reported more often. I mean really it doesn't help the victim very often so why should they bother?
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//side question//

How long would the.... errr "shelf life" of the evidence in a rape kit be? I mean I'm assuming at least some of it is... bodily fluids that aren't going to last forever.
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Originally Posted by JoeMorgue View Post
//side question//

How long would the.... errr "shelf life" of the evidence in a rape kit be? I mean I'm assuming at least some of it is... bodily fluids that aren't going to last forever.
As we have gotten DNA out of decades old evidence I think contamination would be a greater concern that degradation over time.
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Originally Posted by ponderingturtle View Post
As we have gotten DNA out of decades old evidence I think contamination would be a greater concern that degradation over time.
You're probably right.
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