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Texas Lawmaker Likens Rape Kits to Abortions

State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg seemingly confused about their purpose

(Newser) - The lawmaker who sponsored the bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks in Texas is a little bit confused about rape kits, which are used to collect evidence after a sexual assault. State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg was explaining why an amendment that would have exempted cases of rape and incest...

Strip Club 'Tax' to Fund Rape Investigations in Houston

Clubs subject to new $5-per-customer fee

(Newser) - Want to help Houston foot the bill for its rape investigations? Visit a strip club. The city doesn't have the funds to quickly analyze evidence collected in rape kits, so the City Council passed an ordinance yesterday imposing a $5-per-visitor "pole tax" on strip joints and other clubs...

180K Rape Kits Sit, Untested
 180K Rape Kits Sit, Untested 

180K Rape Kits Sit, Untested

Delay means rapists are free to attack other women

(Newser) - The forensic magic of CSI aside, the US is buried under an embarrassing avalanche of unprocessed rape kits, Marie Claire reports in a lengthy look at the consequences. The issue got attention in 2003, when untested kits from more than 500,000 criminal cases were found in labs around the...

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