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    Default Sheriff: Rape kit system unnecessary; most accusations false

    Rape kit system unnecessary since most accusations false, Idaho sheriff says

    on March 15, 2016 at 2:18 PM, updated March 15, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Update: Idaho lawmakers send rape evidence tracking bill to governor
    An Idaho sheriff says the Legislature shouldn't have gotten involved in creating a statewide system for collecting and tracking rape kits because many rape accusations are false.
    The state lawmaker who introduced the bill immediately denounced the comments.
    Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland made the comments Monday to Idaho Falls TV station KIDK before lawmakers unanimously approved the new system and sent the measure to the governor.
    The bill would require medical clinics to use rape kits to collect forensic evidence after a suspected sexual assault. The clinics would then have to send the evidence for DNA testing, unless the victim requests otherwise or law enforcement agencies get prosecutors' approval to not test the kits.
    Rape kits contain samples of semen, saliva or blood taken from a victim during an examination. Specimens containing DNA evidence are uploaded to a national database to check for a match

    More than 5,000 untested sex assault kits languish in Oregon

    Amid a growing national movement to test all kits and legislative pressure to require an audit, Oregon State Police for the first time did a count, asking each law enforcement agency in the state to provide the number of their unprocessed kits.

    . Rowland said legislators should let law officers decide which rape kits need testing, the system that is currently in place.
    He said: "The majority of our rapes not to say that we don't have rapes, we do but the majority of our rapes that are called in are actually consensual sex."
    Such claims are part of a larger problem of law enforcement harboring unfair skepticism of victims of rape more so than other crimes, said Ilse Knecht, policy and advocacy director for the Joyful Heart Foundation.
    "It's hard to know if a claim is false if the kits don't get tested," she said. "Each one of these kits represents a survivor. ... We need to take their claim seriously, treat them with respect and use the evidence."
    Rep. Melissa Wintrow, a Democrat from Boise who introduced the bill, said the sheriff's remarks were harmful to women.
    "Many times people are focused on a woman's behavior, and the victim's response," she said, "when we should be thinking about what are we teaching men in this society. What are we teaching young boys and men about how we should not initiate or cross any physical boundary without consent."
    She pointed to FBI statistics that show only 33 percent of all rape victims report the crime.
    Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has not said whether he'll sign the bill.

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    Fucking asshole. I feel for the victims that have to deal with this mentality.
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    Well fuck you too.
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    What a bastard.
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    West coast of Canada, eh


    Bet he wouldn't say that if he was a rape victim

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    I'll bet he knows a rape victim or two he insists were 'consensual.'

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    MENtality. Now you know why.

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    This problem is much greater than we know. The recent investigation in Delaware shows several sides of the story, and is amazing as they report more than 70,000 rape kits across the country were never processed.

    More than 1,000 untested rape kits in Delaware

    More than 1,000 untested rape kits in Delaware
    Brittany Horn, The News Journal 9:40 p.m. EDT March 27, 2016

    More than 1,000 rape kits sit untested in Delaware evidence rooms — and they'll remain that way for at least another year.

    A three-page preliminary report from the state Criminal Justice Council, which coordinates funding for public safety efforts, found that 22 Delaware police departments had 1,018 untested sexual assault kits, which contain any evidence taken from a victim following a sexual assault. Seventeen departments did not have any sexual assault kits in storage, according to the report, and all departments were required to inventory their evidence.

    State Sen. Nicole Poore, D- New Castle, who created legislation requiring the inventory of untested sexual assault kits last year, said no legislation regarding the testing of the now-inventoried kits will move forward this legislative session. The final report will be released to the governor, attorney general and legislature on June 1, leaving little time to pull together legislation, she said.

    "The reality is that I want to have responsible legislation," Poore said, adding that the state's focus must always remain on the sexual assault victims.

    Many victims-rights groups criticized the decision to inventory rape kits statewide, saying that the possibility of testing all kits was dangerous for those who may have moved past their assault and don't want to re-open old wounds. Some have said law enforcement officers want DNA evidence tested without considering the damage it could do to victims, as some kits in New Castle County's inventory date back to 1995. Similarly, Wilmington Police Department has kits reaching as far back as 1997.

    "I don't know that it's government's job to force the issue," Kervick said. Many conversations with victims' rights groups must take place before a decision regarding how and when to test is made, he said.Chris Kervick, executive director of the Criminal Justice Council, agreed with Poore's reasoning to hold off on legislation due to the time crunch, noting that any and all decisions to test these kits must be "victim-centered."

    The council received a Sexual Assault Kit Initiative federal grant totaling $1,168,662 from the Bureau of Justice Assistance in early September, which helped support the audit legislation. Vice President Joe Biden unveiled the grant initiative, which will support testing rape kits, sending kits to private labs, paying the state Division of Forensic Science for testing and paying police officers overtime for their role in fighting sexual assault.

    Biden said at the news conference announcing the grants that the additional funding was going to make a “gigantic dent” in reducing the backlogged kits.

    “Jurisdiction after jurisdiction is beginning to see the light,” he said, “beginning to understand that in the process (of testing rape kits) we solve hundreds and thousands of other cases.”

    No more than 50 percent of the grant can go toward the testing the kits, Kervick said.

    Of the 1,018 kits, 333 cases are considered unsolved, 81 have suspect DNA and were not prosecuted and 385 have no suspect DNA and were not prosecuted. For 109 kits, there was suspect DNA but the case was resolved and for another 110, there was no suspect DNA but the case was resolved.

    The classifications help to determine what is available – and potentially viable – in each kit, Poore said.

    Throughout the country, thousands of untested kits crowd evidence rooms. A national investigation last summer by USA Today revealed at least 70,000 neglected kits in an open-records campaign covering 1,000-plus police agencies – and counting. Since the report, many states and law enforcement agencies have taken significant steps to implement change.

    The CJC, however, applied for the grant just before Delaware legislation passed in late June which required “every law enforcement agency, law department, hospital, testing facility, and prosecutorial agency” responsible for collecting, storing and maintaining sexual assault kits to inventory untested kits in their possession.

    The money from the federal grant supported the CJC in completing the report, but the total funds will be the real key to creating changes in Delaware's response to sexual assault.

    "When you do this stuff, you can't predict the future," Kervick said. The bulk of the work will begin when the council starts the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grant, which must be used over the course of three years. That will start as soon as a coordinator is hired, which Kervick said the council is in the process of doing now.

    It will take a unique person with a very specialized background to take over the project, he said, as the systemic response from medical and law enforcement may need to change in the coming years. The coordinator will oversee a multi-disciplinary work group which will have representatives from all agencies.

    The full report in June will include broad recommendations from the council, leaving them ample room to delve deeper into the intricacies of improving sexual assault response and protocols. The report will ultimately support the federal grant and provide better guidance to the CJC's work group in where to focus its efforts in the years ahead.

    Though many feel the data from testing is key to prosecuting sexual assault, Kervick said it's important to note that not all kits will be viable for testing. Some may not contain the evidence necessary and some may not want to prosecute in the first place.

    On average, 68 percent of sexual assaults are never reported to police, according to statistics from the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. Of the 32 percent that are reported, only seven typically lead to an arrest and about three are referred to a prosecutor, according to statistics.

    Law enforcement leaders like New Castle County Chief Elmer Setting have said previously that more evidence, especially linking DNA, helps prosecute and close a case. Poore believes testing these kits will also connect more crimes and hopefully take serial rapists off the streets.

    "If we have the opportunity to test some of this information and it ties to another crime," Poore said, "it ties to another opportunity to close a case."
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