rape kits

Colorado’s Rape Kit Legislation Has Already Resulted In New Leads And Convictions

From marijuana to handling sexual assault, Colorado seems to be leading the way on just about every issue. More »


Erykah Badu Is Donating Concert Proceeds To Test Abandoned Rape Kits In Detroit

In a time when the news is often depressing and discouraging, it’s that much more important to recognize that there are small steps being taken towards positive change. In that vein, singer-songwriter and activist Erykah Badu is donating to test abandoned rape kits that were found in Detroit. A portion of the proceeds from her Aug. More »


Samantha Bee Takes On The Rape Kit Backlog And The Creeps Who Oppose Testing It

Why on earth would anyone oppose testing rape kits? More »


Georgia Republican Seeks To Block Rape Kit Testing Legislation

TWIST! She’s a woman! More »


Idaho Sheriff Says Testing Rape Kits Is Unnecessary, Because Women Are Liars

This Tuesday, Idaho lawmakers signed off on what one would assume would be a fairly noncontroversial sounding bill meant to create a statewide standard for how rape kits are conducted and tested. The measure would also create a timeline for law enforcement agencies to send the kits into the state forensic lab.

It’s hard… More »


Detroit Is Finally Doing Something About Its 11,000 Untested Rape Kits

In the years leading up to Detroit’s 2013 bankruptcy filing, as local leaders scrambled to keep a city afloat that couldn’t even afford street lights, thousands of rape kits somehow went untested, preventing countless rapists from being prosecuted. In 2009, 11,000 untested kits were found in a Detroit police storage unit. Two thousand of the kits… More »


Study: Some Rape Victims Are Forced To Pay For Their Medical Treatment

A new study has found that many rape victims in the United States are paying medical bills for the aftermath of their assaults, despite the fact that the federal government has laws in place to prevent exactly that from happening. Federal law ensures that victims aren’t charged for rape kits, regardless of whether they report… More »


Obama And Biden Address The Nation About Violence Against Women

I know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But the 10th month of the year is another time for reflection on an issue that doesn’t get quite the attention it deserves: Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Frisky has been re-posting some of our past content by our contributor Judy McGuire, a domestic abuse survivor, but… More »


Feminist Germaine Greer Suggests Women “Name And Shame” Rapists Online

Feminist Germaine Greer has an unorthodox suggestion for how to deal with men who rape: Women should put their names online in a rapists’ registry. Speaking at a literary festival yesterday, Greer — who became famous 40 years ago when she published the seminal “second wave” feminist text The Female Eunuch — criticized the paltry number… More »


New York State Rape Kits Get DNA Upgrade

We’re definitely in the DNA age, people. You only need to tune into the paternity-testing “The Maury Show” or a crime show marathon to know that. So it’s about time New York state gives its rape testing kits, which were first introduced in emergency rooms 20 years ago, a DNA upgrade. Today, state officials are… More »


Quickies!: Bruce Jenner Is Going To Get His Mug Fixed

Twenty-five years ago, Bruce Jenner had a botched partial facelift and a nose job. Now, he plans to correct the surgery with another facelift for his 60th birthday. [Dlisted] — Stop making him the butt of all those jokes. This could happen to anyone!
Ryan Seacrest and British chef Jamie Oliver plan to give healthy… More »


Victims Charged For Rape Kits In Wasilla, Alaska

While Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was mayor of her hometown of Wasilla, the city charged rape victims for their own rape examinations and her police chief fought to continue the practice as late as 2000. Wasilla was the only city to continuously resist a state law requiring cities to foot the bill for the exams,… More »


Quickies!: The Recession’s Impact On Birth Control & Porn

This recession is now affecting our birth control choices. [Daily Bedpost]
…And our porn. [Huffington Post]
According to a London paper, we are all perceived as 20% more attractive than we think. [Tango]
An OB/GYN should know the right buttons to push, but pushing them in a professional encounter is inappropriate. [Tango]
Keep track of… More »