11/13/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
New York – Actress Mariska Hartigay joined Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance in announcing a $35 million commitment to municipalities across the country for rape kit testing. As reported by the New York Observer, the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star praised the effort, stating “This is, hands down, the biggest investment that anyone has made to reduce the backlog of untested rape kits in the United States.”
As noted in the report, the issue of thousands of untested rape kits was brought to light after reports of 11,000 being discovered in Detroit and no funding available to pay for testing.
Vance is quoted as stating of the matter during a press conference at his office in Manhattan, “Today our office is announcing a $35 million commitment to help to eliminate the backlog of untested rape kits nationwide. The examination of those kits will provide DNA samples that I believe will solve previously unsolved sexual assaults throughout the country, and will bring some measure of closure to victims and survivors who have waited years for their cases to be resolved.”
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