What is SAFER?
The Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Act, also known as the SAFER Act (S. 80/HR 354), is a no-cost bill that will reduce the backlog of untested DNA evidence from open rape cases (commonly known as rape kits).
Why We Need It:
There’s a huge backlog of DNA evidence from unsolved rape cases that has never been sent to the lab for analysis. Until we test this evidence and identify the rapists, those criminals remain free to attack more victims.
How SAFER Will Help:
SAFER will bring transparency to the DNA rape kit testing process, help us efficiently target resources to cities that have the biggest backlogs, and empower the communities with information about the rape kit testing status in their area. It will help eliminate the evidence backlog and take thousands of rapists off the streets.
How You Can Help:
Call or email your U.S. Representative and Senators (calling is more effective, but an email will help, too). Below are samples of what to write or say.
Sample Call Script:
- My name is _________ and I live in [your town, your state].
- I am calling to encourage Congressman/Congresswoman/Senator [Last Name] to cosponsor the SAFER Act (S. 80/HR 354). This no-cost bill will help reduce the DNA backlog in rape cases, bring more efficiency and transparency to the criminal justice system, and empower victims of rape.
- This bipartisan bill is sponsored by Senators John Cornyn and Michael Bennet and Representatives Ted Poe and Carolyn Maloney.
- I hope you will support this important bill. Thank you.
Dear [U.S. Rep./U.S. Sen.] [Last Name],
There is a huge backlog of untested DNA evidence from unsolved rape cases. We need your help to end this problem and take rapists off the streets. Please cosponsor the SAFER Act (S. 80/HR 354). This no-cost bill will help reduce the DNA backlog in rape cases, bring more efficiency and transparency to the criminal justice system, and empower victims of rape. The bill has strong bipartisan support, and I urge you to join your colleagues in cosponsoring this vital bill.
[Your City, State]
If you have any questions, or need help contacting your U.S. Representative and/or Senators, please contact Katherine Hull at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your help!