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2009-S2736 on Nov 5, 2009

Source: Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault (S2736&HR4114)
    Congress finds the following:
  1. Rape is a serious problem.
  2. In 2006, there were an estimated 261,000 rapes and sexual assaults.
  3. The collection and testing of DNA evidence is a critical tool in solving rape cases.
  4. Despite the availability of funding under the Debbie Smith Act of 2004, there exists a significant rape kit backlog.
  5. A 1999 study estimated that there was an annual backlog of 180,000 rape kits that had not been analyzed.
  6. No agency regularly collects information regarding the scope of the rape kit backlog.
  7. Certain States cap reimbursement for rape kits at levels that are less than 1/2 the average cost of a rape kit.
  8. There is a lack of health professionals who have received specialized training specific to sexual assault victims.
The purpose of this Act is to address the problems surrounding forensic evidence collection in cases of sexual assault, including rape kit backlogs, reimbursement for or free provision of rape kits, and the availability of trained health professionals to administer rape kit examinations.


Sen. FRANKEN: Last year, 90,000 people were raped. Thanks to modern technology, we have an unparalleled tool to bring sexual predators to justice: forensic DNA analysis. Rape kit DNA evidence is survivors' best bet for justice. Unfortunately, we have failed to make adequate use of DNA analysis. In 2004, then-Sen. Biden and others worked to pass the Debbie Smith Act, a law named after a rape survivor whose backlogged rape kit was tested six years after her assault. Unfortunately, because many localities simply did not use the Debbie Smith funds they were allocated, the promise of the Debbie Smith Act remains unfulfilled.

In 2009, Los Angeles had 12,500 untested rape kits; Houston found at least 4,000 untested rape kits in storage, and Detroit reported a backlog of possibly 10,000 kits. Those are just three cities. Hundreds of thousands of women have not seen justice.

  • Topic: Crime
  • Headline: Easier access to rape kits, and more rape kit analysis
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill for easier access to rape kits & analysis

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 2009-S2736

Joe Baca s1sCalifornia Democrat
Tammy Baldwin s1sWI Democratic Challenger
Michael Bennet s1sCO Democratic Jr Senator
Lois Capps s1sCalifornia Democrat
Judy Chu s1sCalifornia Democrat
Steve Cohen s1sTennessee Democrat
Jim Costa s1sCalifornia Democrat
Bill Delahunt s1sMassachusetts Democrat (until 2010)
Donna Edwards s1sMaryland Democrat
Eliot Engel s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal
Dianne Feinstein s1sCA Democratic Sr Senator
Al Franken s2pMN Democrat/DFL Jr Senator
Raul Grijalva s1sArizona Democrat
John Hall s1sNew York Democrat (until 2010)
Mazie Hirono s1sHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012)
Rush Holt s1sNew Jersey Democrat
Steve Israel s1sNew York Democrat
Jesse Louis Jackson s1sIllinois Democrat
Hank Johnson s1sGeorgia Democrat
Patrick Kennedy s1sRhode Island Democrat (until 2010)
Barbara Lee s1sCalifornia Democrat
Carolyn Maloney s2pNew York Democrat/Liberal
Jim McGovern s1sMassachusetts Democrat
Barbara Mikulski s1sMD Democratic Sr Senator
Dennis Moore s1sKansas Democrat (until 2010)
Jerrold Nadler s1sNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1sDistrict of Columbia Democrat
Tom Perriello s1sVirginia Democrat (until 2010)
Mike Quigley s1sIllinois Democrat
Laura Richardson s1sCalifornia Democrat
Adam Schiff s1sCalifornia Democrat
Jackie Speier s1sCalifornia Democrat
Pete Stark s1sCalifornia Democrat
Dina Titus s1sNevada Democrat (until 2010)
Diane Watson s1sCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2010)
Henry Waxman s1sCalifornia Democrat
Lynn Woolsey s1sCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012)

Republicans participating in 2009-S2736

Chuck Grassley s1sIA Republican Sr Senator
Orrin Hatch s1sUT Republican Sr Senator
Dean Heller s1sNevada Republican (Resigned 2011)

Independents participating in 2009-S2736

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 37
Republicans: 3
Independents: 0

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