|Posted:||December 17, 2018 12:29 PM|
|From:||Representative Tommy Sankey|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||LEGISLATION - AMENDING TITLE 75 (VEHICLES) TO ALLOW FOR DONATIONS FOR RAPE KIT BACKLOG|
|Thousands of rape kits sit sealed and untested in forensics labs and law enforcement offices in Pennsylvania. What’s missing is state and local funding to pay to analyze the evidence in many of those kits. I plan to re-introduce legislation (former HB1696) that will allow for contributions for sexual offense evidence testing when renewing a driver’s license, identification card, or vehicle registration.
It is deeply discouraging for victims that after going through the physical and mental process of the sexual assault in addition to the examination process after reporting the sexual assault via the police and hospital, that to put the evidence on a shelf and ignore it is disheartening.
It shouldn't get to the point of us having to ask individuals to contribute, but I believe in the hearts and compassion of our fellow Pennsylvanians, that a dollar here or there, and all of us working together can generate funds to help the victims of sexual assault get justice.
Please join me in cosponsoring this important piece of legislation.
If you have any questions regarding this legislation contact Julianne Naccarato in my Capitol office at (717) 787.7099 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Introduced as HB580