Sunday, October 3, 2010
Justice For All
Sad, but true, that's what happens in most rape cases. The vast majority of all rape cases aren't reported, because most women don't think a successful prosecution will occur. Even when they do report the crime, crime labs don't always process the rape kits in a timely manner, thereby limiting the odds of a successful prosecution. It's estimated that there are over 100,000 rape kits sitting in warehouses waiting to be processed. Many crime labs have backlogs of five to ten years.
New York City's successful prosecution rate in rape cases went from 40% to 70% when they started testing every booked rape kit. Los Angeles has recently started processing all rape kits and has seen similar results. Soon, Illinois will begin to clear up their back log and begin testing all rape kits.
When I am King, I'll make sure we won't turn our back on rape victims because we can't afford it -- that's just despicable. We should have justice for all, not just those that fit into the budget.