Taking Sexual Assault Seriously: The Rape Kit Backlog and Human Rights, Hearing Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, May 20, 2015 [open pdf - 2MB]
This is a testimony compilation of the May 20, 2015 hearing on "Taking Sexual Assault Seriously: The Rape Kit Backlog and Human Rights" held before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution. From the opening statement of Chuck Grassley: "Today, the Judiciary Committee will hear from several witnesses about untested DNA evidence from sexual assault forensic exams. We will consider whether backlogs of untested DNA evidence remain a problem, despite the enactment in 2004 of the Debbie Smith Act. The Debbie Smith Act, which is named after our first witness, originally passed Congress, with my support, as part of the 2004 Justice for All Act. Congress last reauthorized this important federal statute in 2014. It sends funds to states to help reduce backlogs of untested DNA evidence from crime scenes and from convicted offenders. Reducing such backlogs of untested DNA evidence is critically important to survivors of sexual violence, as Debbie Smith will today testify. We are pleased to have Debbie, who played such an important role in the enactment of the Debbie Smith Act, with us at today's hearing." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Debbie Smith, Scott Berkowitz, Skylor Hearn, Lisa Madigan, and Sarah Haacke Byrd.
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