Victim advocate groups claim FBI statistics on the incidence of sexual assault in America, including date rape and spousal rape, are greatly understated. Advocates claim less than half of all sexual assaults are reported to authorities and less than 5% of all rapists ever spend a day in jail. Studies have shown that from 2000 to 2005, 59% of rapes were not reported to law enforcement. Nearly half of all rape victims are under 18 years of age, and 80% are under 30. More than two-thirds of these assaults are committed by someone known to the victim. Estimates of the number of American women raped each year range from 200,000 to 1.3 million, depending on the definition of a rape and the source of the report. Even so, the 24% arrest rate for rape is the same now as it was in the â€˜70s. In the police departments of many American cities, completed DNA rape kits sit and wait for testing that can sometimes take years or even decades. There have been several efforts made to catch up on this national testing backlog but more than 400,000 DNA samples are still waiting to be tested.
Many say the number of student sexual assaults occurring in colleges and universities is staggering. Since the 1980s, anonymous multi-campus national surveys of thousands of college students consistently show that one in every four American women survive rape or attempted rape during their college career. Advocates say colleges and universities, fearing negative publicity, are not proactive in investigating, apprehending, or prosecuting those responsible for this vast number of violent crimes. Advocates say the first point of contact is crucial for all sexually assaulted women. Some schools require victim advisors to report rape cases they learn about, which may discourage students from seeking help. Others assign a confidential adviser, who explains the reporting process while making sure that services are available for her. This approach has helped increase the number of victims who do go to the police. A recent survey of 440 colleges showed that many ignore provisions of Title IX, which requires them to prevent and investigate sexual assaults, and the Clery Act, which orders colleges to report violent incidents to authorities.
S.80 & H.R.354 – SAFER Act of 2013
H.R.840 – To improve services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence
I oppose reforming current sexual assault policy and wish to defeat S.80 & H.R.354 and H.R 840
I support awarding grants to conduct audits of samples of sexual assault evidence that are awaiting testing; and ensuring that the collection and processing of DNA evidence by law enforcement agencies from crimes is carried out in an appropriate and timely manner and in accordance with specified protocols and practices, and wish to identify a legislator who will either reintroduce S.80 or H.R.354 – SAFER Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof
I support increasing from 0.125% to 1.5% the allocation of appropriations to each of the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands for grants to support the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of rape crisis centers and other programs and projects to assist those victimized by sexual assault, and wish to identify a legislator who will either reintroduce H.R.840 – To improve services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof