For Immediate Release
THE DA IS FAILING RAPE VICTIMS
Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson uses money seized from criminals to pay for office supplies and cell phone bills.
Why won’t she use the money to help rape victims?
Today, Kim Ogg called on Devon Anderson to write a check from asset forfeiture funds to end the backlog of untested rape kits. Today.
Today it takes an average of 172 days to complete the testing of a rape kit. From 2009 -2013, the average test time was 60 to 90 days.
The wait for justice increased from 2-3 months to nearly six months. That means a rape kit taken from a victim before the July 4th weekend won’t be tested until next year. That’s a disgrace.
The backlog is so bad it is hurting our ability to fight other crimes. Harris County is all but ignoring DNA from property crimes, and may even scrap the examination of critical evidence from other serious crimes, like robberies or violent assaults.
The Houston Chronicle says there are 4,600 DNA cases that are backlogged in the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences--the Medical Examiner’s Office.
This is a public safety emergency.
“The victims of sexual assault should not have to wait to get justice, and every day a rapist walks free is another day an innocent victim can be attacked,” says Ogg. The District Attorney can end this problem right now by using criminal forfeiture funds to eliminate Harris County’s backlog.”
Crimes of sexual assault are personal to Kim Ogg. Her mother was once the victim of a frightening kidnapping and attempted sexual assault. It has shaped Kim’s long fight as a crime victim’s advocate.
Fairness. Safety. Equal Justice.
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