AG Hawley Announces Rape Kit Backlog Investigation

AG Hawley Announces Rape Kit Backlog Investigation

AG Hawley Announces Rape Kit Backlog Investigation
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AG Hawley to conduct audit of reported blacklog of unprocessed rape kits across the state of Missouri

Jefferson City, MO/November 9, 2017 (STL.News) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced his office will conduct a thorough audit of the reported backlog of unprocessed rape kits across the state.

“Rape kits provide a powerful tool for identifying and prosecuting potential sex criminals. But both in Missouri and across the country, thousands of rape kits go untested, hamstringing law enforcement efforts to prosecute offenders,” Hawley said. “Every rape kit that goes untested means a rapist who remains on the streets, able to attack again, and a survivor who is denied justice. This is unacceptable. Our investigation will determine the scope of the problem in Missouri, the agencies responsible, and the ways we can implement reform.”

National statistics indicate that one in six women will face an attempted or completed sexual assault in their lifetime.

About Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley

The 42nd Attorney General for Missouri is Josh Hawley.  Mr. Hawley was elected on November 8, 2016 and sworn in on January 9, 2017.

Mr. Josh Hawley is the first Republican Attorney General in the State of Missouri since 1993.  Hawley is a conservative constitutional attorney.  CLICK to learn more about AG Hawley.

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SOURCE: AGO.MO.Gov – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

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