SB 1449 – Rape kits: testing & AB 3118 – Sexual assault: investigations

SB 1449 – Rape kits: testing
AB 3118 – Sexual assault: investigations

S.B. 1449 replaces “should” with “shall” in Section 680 of the penal code in order to mandate the swift submission and testing of rape kits with an associated police report. This critical bill ensures kits that survivors have consented to be tested will be submitted to a lab and analyzed expeditiously. Rape is one of the most life altering and traumatizing experiences, so it’s critical that rape kits are processed swiftly to both attain justice and help identify and prosecute rapists so that we can keep them off the streets.  SB 1449 and AB 3118 will require that rape kits are tested promptly moving forward and that we know how many untested kits exist in California so that we can keep communities and potential victims safe.

#EndtheBacklog campaign Link

Link to Bill SB 1449          Link to Bill AB 3118         Hollywood NOW letter

 

 

UPDATE: MAY 25, 2018

Today rape kit reform took a giant step forward in California, thanks to Senator Ricardo Lara (D-33) and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-80).

The bills now move on for further consideration by the legislature. S.B. 1449, sponsored by Senator Connie Leyva (D-20), mandates testing of all newly collected rape kits in California. A.B. 3118, sponsored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-17), requires all law enforcement agencies, hospitals, and crime labs to inventory their kits.

We still have a long road ahead before these bills become law. We will keep you updated on the bills’ progress and let you know about further actions you can take to pass rape kit reform in California this year.

UPDATE: August 10, 2018

In order for these bills to move forward We Must Take Action!

Please click on the link: ACTION

UPDATE: Aug. 16, 2018

Good news! Thanks to your advocacy, rape kit reform is moving forward in California. We’re almost there and we need your help.

Please contact your legislators now. Urge them to vote Yes on S.B. 1449 and A.B. 3118 when they come up for a final vote.

Together, S.B. 1449 and A.B. 3118 will bring California considerably closer to comprehensive rape kit reform:

  • S.B.1449, sponsored by Senator Connie Leyva, will require law enforcement to submit rape kits for testing and crime labs to test the evidence swiftly.
  • A.B. 3118, sponsored by Assemblymember David Chiu, calls for the first-ever statewide count of rape kits.

If the bills don’t pass this year, survivors will continue to wait for justice and dangerous offenders will remain undetected.

Take action today to tell your legislators rape kits in California must be counted and tested. Take Action Link