The legislation is named in honor of the subject of a recent BuzzFeed News story. “We must ensure that victims of crime have access to assistance and can pursue justice,” Rep. Ted Poe said.
Following a big win in Washington, victims rights group Rise is launching a campaign to fix state laws.
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The sheriff said a "majority" of initial rape reports in his county are determined to have been consensual or unfounded because the victim recants her story.
Advocates praised the inclusion of $41 million to handle thousands of untested rape kits.
The current state of untested rape kits is "simply unacceptable," says Attorney General Eric Holder.
"We are failing rape victims," said Meghan Ybos, a survivor in Memphis, where an estimated 12,000 rape kits are gathering dust in police evidence rooms.
The class-action lawsuit filed last week accuses the city of failing to supervise its police department and discriminating against women.
It appears that Texas Republican Rep. Jodie Laubenberg is under the impression that rape kits performed on women in hospitals can prevent pregnancies.