What’s Current: Investigation finds US police trashed rape kit evidence in 400 cases

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  • A CNN investigation into police agencies destroying rape kits in the U.S. finds that police “trashed evidence in 400 cases before the statute of limitations expired or when there was no time limit to prosecute.”
  • Convicted killer Samuel Little has confessed to murdering 90 women in a multi-state killing spree lasting four decades. The FBI is working to match his claims with cold cases.
  • A pink cab called the “tampon taxi” is driving around London distributing menstrual products to homeless women. 
  • To ensure female safety, the government in Western India plans to manufacture and provide women with necklaces equipped with GPS tracking and a panic button that will send distress signals to police.
  • Seven New York hospitals that illegally billed rape survivors up to $3,000 for rape kits have agreed to pay settlements to survivors in response to an investigation by state Attorney General Barbara Underwood.
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  • お茶

    While I understand why they are doing it that way, I can’t help but feel like men are the ones that should be tracked (and given curfews).

    • calabasa

      I agree. Men prove time and again that they cannot control themselves. No doubt certain male members of law enforcement will use the GPS tracking to stalk some of the women in no time.

      • susannunes

        It isn’t that they “cannot” control themselves. It is that they WILL NOT control themselves. Big difference.

    • will

      Yes, definitely curfews! It’s the logical and just solution.

  • therealcie

    Re: the $3000 charge by the hospitals. Talk about adding insult to injury. You get assaulted and then pay to have evidence gathered to potentially solve the crime. It boggles the mind.

  • SkyLark Phillips

    “A CNN investigation into police agencies destroying rape kits in the U.S. finds that police “trashed evidence in 400 cases before the statute of limitations expired or when there was no time limit to prosecute.”

    They trashed the rape kits before the statue of limitations expired. These police departments should be sued, and people should lose their jobs.

    That is so sad. Rape is traumatizing enough. And, then women have to go through the humiliation of being examined after the rape. All this, and then they destroy the rape kits. It’s horrific.

    • Mexican American Lesbian

      Good luck. The police are the enforcement instrument of the dictatorship of the rich heterosexual white man.

  • UnrulyRose

    My fear about pepper spray would be accidentally hitting myself in the face with it.

    • unfashionable

      Yeh, little holster’s better. And either way, ya gotta practice.

  • Mexican American Lesbian

    Does anyone have any good resources looking into the structural reasons behind police dereliction in rape cases? Would be interesting to read.