Friday, September 09, 2005

One in six women will be raped in her lifetime.

Tragically, many of these crimes go unpunished. There are literally hundreds of thousands of unprocessed DNA evidence packages, or "Rape Kits" sitting on shelves in police stations all across our Nation. Each one of these kits represents a violent offender that may be roaming free on our streets today, many of which are repeat offenders. With a cost of more than $500 to test one kit, a lack of funding is the primary reason for the backlog.

The National Rape Evidence Project (NREP) is a national campaign seeking to support expedited DNA testing for as many of the rape evidence collection kits currently stored in police departments across the US as possible as well as increase public awareness of the number of backlogged kits and the need for systematic change in order to prevent the backlog from recurring. Visit NRED's website for more information or to make a donation.