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Rape Kit

Across the country, there's a backlog of kits containing potential evidence of sexual assaults. Victim advocates say the situation threatens public safety. Lawmakers in dozens of states are pushing for funding, and in Texas, one state representative has offered an innovative solution.

Thousands of rape kits sit sealed and untested in forensics labs and law enforcement offices in Texas. What's missing is state and local funding to pay to analyze the evidence in many of those kits.

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When you go to the Department of Public Safety office to apply for a driver’s license, the application asks if you want to donate a buck or more to support veterans or organ donation or people who are visually impaired. If Rep. Victoria Neave, D-Dallas, has her way, you’ll be asked if you’d like to help the state pay to test DNA evidence from sexual assault cases.

Sen. Cornyn Campaigning For 'SAFER' Act

Sep 18, 2012
Alexis Yancey

A proposed law called the SAFER Act would almost double the amount of federal money used to test DNA evidence in rape kits. Across the nation there are an estimated 400-hundred thousand untested rape kits sitting on shelves. The law is designed to help end the backlog and resolve sexual assault cases faster.

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Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. Kay Granger will be in Fort Worth Monday afternoon to talk about a bill pending in Congress to help eliminate the national backlog of untested rape kits.