(Chicago) - The vast majority of DNA evidence collected from rape victims in Illinois cannot be confirmed as tested, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today and based on data collected across the state.
A new law signed by Governor Pat Quinn this week makes Illinois the first state to require law enforcement officials to track and send this evidence to labs for DNA testing and could make Illinois a nationwide model, but the lack of funding for testing remains a source of concern.
On September 5, 2009 Gail Burns-Smith passed away unexpectedly at her home. She was a founding board member of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and a tireless advocate for sexual assault survivors and those working to end sexual violence. For more information about her life and accomplishments click here.
Date: April 25, 2005 Contact: Susan Lewis 1-877-739-3895, Ext. 102 or Eboni Braxton, Ext 119.
Source: National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) National and Community Organizations Focus on Raising Awareness of Sexual Violence during April, and NSVRC Honors 20 Individuals with Awards. Enola, PA.
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