All posts tagged: National Center for Victims of Crime

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 …