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Starting next year across the country, rape victims too afraid or too ashamed to go to police can undergo an emergency-room forensic rape exam, and the evidence gathered will be kept on file in a sealed envelope in case they decide to press charges.
The new federal requirement that states pay for "Jane Doe rape kits" is aimed at removing one of the biggest obstacles to prosecuting rape cases: Some women are so traumatized they don't come forward until it is too late to collect hair, semen or other samples.
"Sometimes the issue of actually having to make a report to police can be a barrier to victims, and this will allow that barrier to cease, to allow the victim to think about it before deciding whether to talk to police,"
"The idea is to collect the evidence now, while it's still there," said Scott Berkowitz, president of the national Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
What makes a Jane Doe rape kit different is that it is sealed with only a number on the outside of the envelope to identify the victim. Police do not open the envelope unless the victim decides to press charges.
Originally posted by Memysabu
However, whats going to happen is every teen girl that gets used for sex and broken up with will come back and say oh btw I was raped!
[edit on 14-5-2008 by Memysabu]
by going to the police, just going to go to the ER instead? I highly doubt it... her 'state of mind' is no different in either case.
so traumatized they don't come forward until it is too late to collect hair, semen or other samples
Originally posted by jasonjnelson
reply to post by jboogienoj
Even though I COMPLETELY Disagree with the thought that all woman are like that, I will agree with you that I wonder what the extent of the law is. I mean, if there is only semen and the such, how can you prove it was rape? How about bruises and the like?