Protect Rape Victims’ Right to Evidence Preservation

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Target: Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate Majority Leader

Goal: Require states to store rape kits until the statute of limitations has passed.

States may soon be forced to store rape kit evidence and protect vitcims’ rights to file charges anytime before the statute of limitations expires, thanks to a new bill recently proposed in the Senate. Currently, state and local laws determine the prosecution of rape cases. In many states, this has left rape victims with an impossible scenario – their rape kit evidence is discarded well before the statute of limitations for prosecuting the crime is up. If a rapist is caught during that large gap of time, the biggest piece of evidence that would contribute to conviction is gone.

The Sexual Assault Survivors Act would close this gap by giving victims the right to have their rape kits stored for free during the duration of each state’s statute of limitations. It would also provide victims the right to obtain the information acquired from processing the rape kits and to receive written documentation about the policies governing rape kits in the relevant state.

Urge Congress to immediately pass this legislation and protect rape victims’ rights.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. McConnell,

Rape and sexual assault victims across the country are faced with a legislative error that often makes it impossible for their attacker to be convicted of the crime. The majority of states currently discard rape kit evidence well before the statute of limitations has expired and without notifying the victim. The recently introduced Sexual Assault Survivors Act would close this loophole and ensure rape victims are able to seek justice with all evidence intact.

We demand this legislation is immediately passed and implemented.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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