Appropriations Chair Cox says measure empowers victims
State Rep. Laura Cox today applauded Gov. Rick Snyder for signing a supplemental budget bill that includes funding to establish a tracking system for rape test kits.
Cox, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, said she included the measure to pay for the first four years of the program, which enables rape victims to use a secure online program to track the progress of their rape kits as their cases move through the investigative process.
“The discovery of thousands of untested kits in a Detroit Police storage facility shows the need to have more accountability of rape test kits not only in Detroit, but across the state,” Cox said. “I am very happy the governor saw the merit in giving rape victims a new method by which they can follow the progress of the investigation.”
Results from testing the abandoned kits have already resulted in more than 100 convictions and identified serial rapists who are tied to sexual assaults in other states, Cox said.
“I hope being able to track the progress of their case will give these victims more peace of mind knowing that something is being done,” Cox said.