DNA Evidence Collection Goes to Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court this month announced that it will decide whether it is legally permissible for police to take DNA samples from suspects arrested for violent crimes.

Senate Committee Approves SAFER Act

The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved the SAFER Act (S. 3250), critical legislation that addresses the backlog of untested DNA evidence from unsolved rape cases

RAINN Statement on Rep. Akin's "Legitimate Rape" Comment

Each year, thousands of women become pregnant as the result of rape, and many more survivors are faced with PTSD, depression and other long-term results of the crime.

Lavinia's Story: Why the SAFER Act is so Important

Critical evidence from the attack on Lavinia B. Masters, a member of RAINN’s speakers bureau, sat on a shelf for over two decades before it was tested. In the meantime, the rapist had struck again, attacking several more women.

Sen. John Cornyn Discusses the Importance of the SAFER Act

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has just introduced the SAFER Act as an amendment to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in the US Senate.

FBI Changes its Definition of Rape

For the first time, rapes of men and statutory rape will be included in the official statistics that the FBI collects for the annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR).

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