By JORDAN WILLIAMS
On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed a law mandating the speedy processing of rape kits. This new law requires a uniform, and a statewide standard for processing rape kits in a timely manner to expedite criminal charges and prevent repeat offenses. By signing this law, Cuomo is preventing these rape kits to be backlogged, which is one of the number one problems in the investigation of rape cases throughout the country.
“Rape victims muster the courage to report a rape and then go through an intrusive physical exam to collect evidence,” explained Senator Hannon.“In order for the system to work and allow DNA to identify perpetrators, the evidence sexual assault victims provide must be sent to labs,
processed, and uploaded to the national database in a timely manner. This new law makes sure that happens uniformly across the state so that survivors know everything is being done to seek justice no matter where in New York State a rape occurs.”
Senator Kemp Hannon is the sponsor for this law, and it is his hope that once this law becomes active it will ensure New York remains a national leader in protecting and seeking justice for survivors of sexual assault.
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