Sunday, July 11, 2010

Police Not Taking Rape Very Seriously

I'm not the only one to come to that conclusion. Chicago News Cooperative - Law Came Too Late for Some Rape Victims -
In a report released July 7, Human Rights Watch found that of 7,494 rape kits collected in Illinois from 1995 to 2009, only 1,474 were confirmed tested, and more than 4,000 were left in storage. Nearly 2,000 were destroyed without being tested. The actual numbers are probably higher because 82 out of the 267 Illinois law enforcement agencies contacted by Human Rights Watch did not provide information.
I guess it's not a crime to destroy evidence in a felony case if you are employed by a police department.

I guess if you just couldn't give a damn about women being raped, then you might let most of your evidence sit around and not be examined.

This isn't just a problem in Illinois, though I wouldn't be surprised to see that it was worse in Illinois. (A state famous for problems with police departments.)
In cases of acquaintance rape like Christina’s, which make up the majority of cases, the Human Rights Watch report said the police often decided it was not worth testing a kit because they were not convinced a rape had occurred or they did not think the case was winnable. In Illinois, only 11 percent of reported rapes yield an arrest, according to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Because those cops just know the woman was lying about the rape. So why bother to take the whole thing seriously.

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