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  • #46
    Think about this, every two minutes another rape is committed in the US,

    Every two minutes, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States.

    With the crime of sexual assault, the victim’s body is a part of the crime scene. When the victim reports the assault to the police, at a hospital, or at a rape crisis center, the victim can choose to have a doctor or nurse photograph, swab and conduct an invasive and exhaustive examination of the victim’s entire body for DNA evidence left behind by the attacker—a process that takes four to six hours to complete. That evidence is collected and preserved in a sexual assault evidence kit, commonly referred to as a rape kit.

    When tested, DNA evidence contained by rape kits can be an incredibly powerful tool to solve and prevent crime. It can identify an unknown assailant and confirm the presence of a known suspect. It can affirm the survivor's account of the attack and discredit the suspect. It can connect the suspect to other crime scenes and identify serial offenders. It can exonerate the wrongly convicted or accused.

    To accomplish these things, however, rape kits must be tested.

    It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of rape kits sit untested in police department and crime lab storage facilities across the country in what is known as the rape kit backlog. Each kit represents a lost opportunity to bring healing and justice to a survivor of sexual violence and safety to a community.

    The rape kit backlog comprises two distinct but related problems. The first part of the backlog occurs when rape kits are collected and booked into evidence, but detectives and/or prosecutors do not request DNA analysis. These kits may remain in a police evidence storage facility indefinitely. This is often referred to as the “untested” or “unsubmitted” rape kit backlog. The Joyful Heart Foundation defines an untested and/or backlogged kit as one that has not been submitted to an accredited public or private crime lab for testing within 10 days of being booked into evidence.

    The second part of the backlog occurs in crime laboratory facilities, where rape kits that have been submitted for testing are awaiting DNA analysis. Many kits that are submitted to crime labs are not tested in a timely manner, creating the second part of the backlog. The Joyful Heart Foundation defines a “backlogged” kit at the DNA testing lab as one that has not been tested within 30 days of receipt by the lab.

    We believe that every rape kit booked into evidence and connected to a reported sexual assault should be submitted to a crime lab for testing, and that crime labs must commit to testing rape kit evidence in a timely manner.
    http://www.endthebacklog.org/backlog...pe-kit-backlog
    Dispite our best intentions, the system is dysfunctional that intelligence failure is guaranteed.
    Russ Travers, CIA analyst, 2001

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    • #47
      Originally posted by Urban hermit View Post
      Think about this, every two minutes another rape is committed in the US,


      http://www.endthebacklog.org/backlog...pe-kit-backlog
      Sexual assault is not the same thing as rape.

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      • #48
        Originally posted by 82redleg View Post
        Sexual assault is not the same thing as rape.
        If there is a rape kit involved it is.
        Dispite our best intentions, the system is dysfunctional that intelligence failure is guaranteed.
        Russ Travers, CIA analyst, 2001

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        • #49
          Originally posted by Urban hermit View Post
          If there is a rape kit involved it is.
          You said "rape", the article you posted clearly said "sexual assault".

          I don't know if the term "rape kit" applies only to "rape" or to other types of penetrative sexual assault- hell, because the legal definition of rape varies by state, what constitutes "rape" in one state may be "sexual assault" in another.

          I'm not a lawyer, and I haven't studied the issue. I merely looked at the first two lines in your post #46.

          Heck, the second paragraph in the article you quoted clearly states that it is really a "sexual assault evidence kit", although often called a "rape kit".

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          • #50
            I would be very skeptical of any statistics used to support a political narrative. That said one rape is too many.

            Rape however is a symptom not of the "patriarchy" or "rape culture" but of a breakdown of our culture's tradition of individual responsibility. That is not to say that historical patriarchal attitudes do not play a role nor that rape was less common in the past.

            Rape has always been a problem in most every society. Unlike in the West where there is a strong tradition of individual rights and responsibility it seems particularly common in authoritarian societies such as certain Islamic and tribal cultures. Less common in Islamic cultures such as Iran where their is a strong patriarchal tradition but also a tradition of decentralized authority and a somewhat more "egalitarian" interpretation of dogma.

            The solution is not to become more dogmatic and authoritarian but to foster a less hedonistic society bases on individual responsibility. Rape is not a symptom of toxic masculinity but of toxic irresponsibility. Males not preoccupied with social obligations such as marriage and family tend to go rogue.

            When women are given the option of "marrying" the state there is no incentive for them to form healthy relationships with men. The high percentage of rapes that are not "stranger" but committed by acquaintances testifies to the toxic relationships fostered by removing traditional male roles basic on responsibility for women and children.

            **** walks and similar displays of the rejection of traditional ethics undermine the very values that must be imposed to combat rape. You need only look at the dystopian alliance between some feminist and Islam to see how cognitively dissonant the left has become.

            Returning to neurosis inducing attitudes about sexuality of the Victorian era is not my suggestion. Neither is it helpful to adopt the science denying attitudes promoted by social justice fanatics. In areas of such complexity moderation is good consul. Unintended consequences are the hallmarks of good intentions on the road to hell.
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