Inclusion of Poeís bill to end rape kit backlog

WASHINGTON, D.C.óToday, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement reacting to the House passage of S. 47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, which includes the SAFER Act of 2013, a bipartisan bill that Rep. Poe introduced with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced SAFER in the Senate. The SAFER Act reallocates existing funds to help law enforcement process approximately 400,000 untested rape kits.

ìI am pleased that the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act is finally headed to the Presidentís desk,î said Congressman Poe. ìThis bill addresses the plight of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence and provides important protections and services to victims, many of whom are women and children. I am proud that VAWA now includes SAFER, legislation I introduced to address the long overlooked problem that has denied justice to hundreds of thousands of sexual assault victims for far too long: the rape kit backlog. No one should be denied justice because of a bureaucratic backlog. America is better than that. VAWA ensures that victims get the services and protections that they deserve.î

Congressman Poe is the founder and co-Chairman of the Congressional Victimsí Rights Caucus and is a former prosecutor and criminal court judge.