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Sun Aug 3, 2014, 01:53 AM

No Longer Ignored, Evidence Solves Rape Cases Years Later

MEMPHIS — Meaghan Ybos was 16 and had just arrived home from school when a man in a ski mask held a knife to her throat and raped her.

The man said he would kill her if she called the police, but she did so anyway. That led to barrages of skeptical questions, Ms. Ybos said, and the excruciating collection of evidence from her body, gathered into what is commonly known as a rape kit.

“I felt so vulnerable being laid out on a table, with all my clothes off and in a bag and all the swabs and brushes and combs,” she recalled. But at least, she figured, the police would use the swabs and hair samples to help catch the rapist.

They did not. Like hundreds of thousands of other rape kits across the country containing evidence gathered from victims, that of Ms. Ybos lay untested for years on a storeroom shelf.

The reasons for the backlog, experts say, include constraints on finances and testing facilities, along with a slow recognition among investigators that even when the offender is known, DNA testing might reveal a pattern of serial rapes. And too often, women’s advocates say, the kits went untested because of an uncaring and haphazard response to sexual assault charges.

full: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/03/us/victims-pressure-cities-to-test-old-rape-kits.html

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Sun Aug 3, 2014, 09:23 AM

1. Ybos's rape kit was untested while the rapist went on to assault 6 other women. Everyone

who was raped by someone who could have been convicted by an untested rape kit should sue.

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Sun Aug 3, 2014, 10:21 AM

2. "Uncaring and haphazard response to sexual assault charges". RAPE CULTURE!

 

This is just another aspect of rape culture where this type of offense isn't seen as "important" enough to warrant the full weight of investigation and pursuit of justice.



K&R dammit

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