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Lavinia Masters Attending Press Conference for the Texas SAFER Act

    Nationwide, hundreds of thousands of rape-test kits sit in limbo because local police forces lack the resources to process them. Each kit represents a victim denied closure, and a rapist who might go unpunished. Editorial Dallas Daily News   Lavinia Masters waited over 20 years before her rapist was identified through DNA technology. A rapist that was given the time and ability to commit more crimes before being put behind bars. Results of a sexual assault, or rape kit are an important component towards justice for the victim, and communities as a whole.  As in the case of Masters, her perpetrator went on to assault again, and Masters suffered through 20 years waiting for justice.  Without forensic evidence, juries question the case and the prosecution, even though the evidence may exist, juries don’t understand that where a rape kit has been performed, why it’s not in the courtroom. With increased DNA technology, the results of a rape kit are often times what a case hinges on to convict an offender. In February Masters …

Lavinia Masters Participates in Department of Justice Roundtable Addressing Backlog of Sexual Assault Kits

Lavinia Masters, Founder of S.A.V.E.(Sexual Abuse Victim Empowering) Ministry in Dallas, Texas has been invited to participate in a Roundtable Focus Group sponsored by the National Center for Victims of Crime on February 16 in Washington, D.C. The topic of discussion is the backlog of sexual assault kit processing and how the situation can improve the  across the country.  An estimated 180,000 kits completed each year whose potential evidence, which could validate a woman’s claims, identify an attacker or exonerate a suspect, loiters on shelves and in warehouses. In Lavinia Masters’ case, she waited 20 years to receive the results after being raped as a young girl, finally learning the identity of her attacker and the fact that she was not the only one he assaulted. Results of a sexual assault, or rape kit are an important component towards justice for the victim, and communities as a whole.  As in the case of Masters, her perpetrator went on to assault again, and Masters suffered through 20 years waiting for justice.  Without forensic evidence, juries question the …

Celebrate the “Release” for Healing in Dallas, TX

Lavinia Masters, Founder of S.A.V.E. Ministry is orchestrating their 3rd annual ” Celebrate the Release” on Saturday, December 17 from 10am to 2pm. “This year we are so excited to  be celebrating our 3rd Annual Celebrate the “Release” as we raise awareness, educate and empower survivors and others of our communities about sexual and domestic violence.” says Lavinia Masters. The event is being held in Downtown Dallas, TX  at the Dallas Public Library in the Auditorium.   There will be filming of a documentary that Lavinia Masters  will be featured in that deals with DNA Backlog and Sexual Assault Victims, as well as featuring Scott Berkowitz, founder of RAINN and the Safer ACT.  Producers say the film should be released in about a year. The sponsor for this year’s Celebrate the “Release” event is  Ferguson Road Initiative http://www.fergusonroad.org/  Victim Outreach Division. Contributions from the sale of a souvenir booklet will be donated for crisis needs. One of the needs is the 5 children left behind in Lewisville, TX on September 26.  A mother was tragically murdered by her estranged …

Lavinia Masters Honored to be Invited to South Africa

Noted DNA Research Company Extends Invitation to Lavinia Masters   February 14, 2011 — Dallas, Texas ……Lavinia Masters, Founder of S.A.V.E.(Sexual Abuse Victim Empowering) Ministry in Dallas, Texas has been invited to conduct workshops and speak March 19-27 in Pretoria, Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Port Elisabeth, South Africa, with other locations to be added in the near future. The invitation was extended by Chris Asplen, Vice President of International Public Affairs for Gordon Thomas Honeywell and consultant and speaker on forensic technologies, particularly DNA. Asplen is also the Executive Director for the non-profit, DNA4Africa. Lavinia’s host for the one week tour of speaking engagements and workshops for victims is Inqaba Biotec, a leading South African genome company and its executive director, Dr. Oliver Preisig. About Inqaba Biotec: inqaba biotec is a genomics company based in Pretoria, South Africa. We cater to the life science needs of academic and private institutions alike in Africa. inqaba biotec’s offerings include our own products and services such as : • Oligonucleotide synthesis • Sanger sequencing service using the ABI …

S.A.V.E. Ministry’s Lavinia Masters CD Release Reception

    S.A.V.E. Ministry’s Lavinia Masters CD Release Reception- Breathe Again, Healing Within February 19th at South Dallas Café`   Lavinia Masters, CEO of S.A.V.E. Ministries invites the entire Dallas/Ft. Worth community to join her for the CD release reception of Breathe Again, Healing Within, a CD compiled of poems to promote healing from sexual abuse on Saturday, February 19th a 4:00 PM at the South Dallas Café located on Marvin D. Love Frwy. and Camp Wisdom. The poetry CD is titled after the book Breathe Again created over three years ago. In 1985 at the age of 13, Lavinia Masters was rudely awakened from her sleep by a rapist who broke into her home. Due to the development of a cold case sexual assault department and the advancement in DNA testing, Lavinia’s rapist was identified 20 years later. He was identified by utilizing the DNA samples taken the night of the assault which, had been in storage at the UT Southwest Medical University in Dallas. However, we fast-forward several years later, now Lavinia is …