Mr. Speaker, every six months, Amanda Nguyen begins her search for her rape kit. Despite being sexually assaulted, the burden to ensure it’s not destroyed lies on Amanda—the victim.
In her home state, there is a 15-year statute of limitations for prosecuting sexual assault crimes. But untested rape kits are only required to be stored for six months.
Mr. Speaker, conflicting laws like this defy common sense. Because of stories like Amada’s, Congress passed a bill in 2016 that implements, on the federal level, a Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights.
This important legislation grants survivors the right to have a rape kit preserved for a full 20 years. It gives survivors the results of forensic exams and notification if an evidence kit is destroyed.
Two years after passage, it’s clear that this legislation is needed now, more than ever. This week the House Judiciary Committee will be reviewing this imperative law.
Ensuring it is implemented effectively and improves the experience of survivors as they fight for the justice they rightfully deserve.
And that’s just the way it is.