Rape kits are essential evidence for prosecuting sexual assault. But in many parts of the country, they’re destroyed after six months. While assault victims can fight to preserve them longer, that information isn’t necessarily shared. It’s an issue Amanda Nguyen took to Capitol Hill, yielding the first time the phrase “sexual assault survivor” has appeared in federal law. John Yang reports. Continue reading
A new investigation by the USA Today Media Network has found that at least 70,000 rape kits are lying untested in 1,000 U.S. police departments. The report also discovered police departments in 34 states have never taken an inventory of evidence lying untested on shelves, and police in 44 states lack guidelines of when to test rape kits. Reporter Steve Reilly from USA Today joins Hari Sreenivasan with more details about this story.
In other news, car bombings in both Afghanistan and Pakistan killed at least 40 people and wounded scores more, and medical research pointed to possible danger from radiation during CAT scans. Continue reading