Rape kits don't always get processed as evidence

Rape kits don't always get processed as evidence

Call it due process, but evidence from alleged rapes must be processed. Or so says the Justice Department, according to the Loveland Reporter-Herald. But, based on an investigation in Colorado (and it’s easy to imagine this happening in other states, like Maryland), this wasn’t happening.

How fair is that, you ask? It’s not very fair. The police in Denver apparently did not process a whopping 44 percent of the rape kits that came through the doors since 2008. That number jumps up significantly – 72 percent – in Fort Collins.

So, essentially, what we’re talking about here is an alleged rapist being accused of a very serious crime without the tangible, hard, scientific evidence to back up the charge.

This is what’s called a lack of due process, in which the police and prosecutors must respect the rights of the accused. Bringing all the possible evidence forward in a rape case – like evidence that could end up showing someone else perpetrated the crime – is something that all of us should agree with.

Source: Evidence from alleged rapes must be processed

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