In Dramatic Shift, Police And Prosecutors Use Rape Kits To Charge Predators


After evidence piled up for years in police property rooms, warehouses and crime labs, tens of thousands of sexual assault kits are giving up their secrets, and rapists who’ve long remained free may finally face justice, the Associated Press reports. A dramatic shift is taking hold across the U.S. as police and prosecutors scramble to process kits and use DNA matches to track down sexual predators, many of whom attacked more women while evidence of their crimes languished. Lawmakers are proposing reforms to ensure this doesn’t happen again. “There’s definitely momentum,” says Sarah Haacke Byrd of the Joyful Heart Foundation, an advocacy group. “In the last year, we really are seeing the tide turn where federal and state governments are offering critically needed leadership and critically needed resources to fix the problem.”

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