Why Hasn't the GOP Funded Rape Kit Testing?

Why Hasn't the GOP Funded Rape Kit Testing?

Why Hasn’t the GOP Funded Rape Kit Testing?

Let’s face the facts. North Carolina’s GOP legislators don’t care about women.

Need proof? Women in rural areas - where hospitals are being shut down due to the NC General Assembly’s refusal to expand Medicaid - often have to drive for an hour or more, after being brutally assaulted, to reach a hospital.

Once they get there, they often have to wait for hours for a specially-trained sexual-assault nurse examiner to arrive, because he or she may or may not be on shift yet.

Then, they must submit to an hours-long, incredibly invasive procedure to collect the rapist’s DNA.

At that point, perversely, the kit will sit on a shelf, untested, with rapists free to rape other women at will, because Chuck Edwards and the rest of the GOP in Raleigh won’t agree to fund the testing of the more than 15,000 rape kits that are backlogged. Meanwhile, as Lt. John Sumerindyke of the Fayetteville Police Department says, "All rapists are serial rapists. The bottom line is all rapists need to go to prison.”

North Carolina has the highest number of untested rape kits in the nation - and that means it also has the largest number of women who are still seeking justice.


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