Missouri attorney general announces plans for rape kit investigation

3 months 1 week 4 days ago Friday, November 10 2017 Nov 10, 2017 Friday, November 10, 2017 3:07:00 PM CST November 10, 2017 in News
By: Sana Moore, KOMU 8 Digital Reporter & Shaletta Norwood, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Missouri's attorney general said he is investigating the backlog of unprocessed rape kits.

Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Thursday his office will start an investigation to solve rape victims’ cases.

Hawley said it was long overdue for Missouri to start its investigation especially since 32 other states have started investigating.

“One in six women in our country face some sort of sexual assault in their life times,which is unbelievable and utterly unacceptable.” Hawley said.

Hawley said he and his office plan on finding out who is responsible for the rape kits not being sent to law enforcement. He also said the investigation will start with interviewing hospitals, emergency service providers, law enforcement and crime labs.

Jennifer Carter Dochler, the Public Policy Director for the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence said there isn’t just one cause for the backlog.

“Sometimes there is a backlog because survivors do not know if they do want to come forward.” Dochler said.

Candice Kundert, a Columbia counselor, said the investigation can help more victims come forward and help victims psychologically.

“I get people who are in their sixties and seventies who’ve never reported it to anyone. It can affect all of their relationships it's not just sexual.” Kundert said.

Dochler said MCADSV said it tries to close the gap between the rape kits and who receives them by holding meetings with local law enforcement, rape centers, prosecutors, crime labs, and crisis centers about sexual assault within the state.

Hawley said the first plan of business is finding how large and far back the backlog goes within the state is a key component to tackling the issue. He said there are about 87 rape kits in Columbia the Columbia Police Department still hasn’t received.

Hawley said finding the rape kits will help law enforcement solve the cases they probably didn’t know existed.

He said he doesn’t want for the back log to vanish like it has in other cities in the country.

“In cities and in states that have processed through and have gotten rid of their rape kit backlog like Detroit and Cleveland for instance, law enforcement has found hundreds of pieces of additional evidence that allows them to prosecute crimes they did not even know were committed.” Hawley said.

Hawley said he commends victims for coming forward and encourages them to keep telling their stories for justice.

“We have to do our part for those who have been victims to make sure that their evidence is brought to light and that their perpetrator and their attackers are brought to justice. Hawley said.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - For the first time, a Columbia competitive cheer squad will compete at The D2 Summit Championship at Disney... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 8:02:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The city is considering an additional audit of Columbia. Every year an audit takes place to make sure... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 7:32:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
CENTRALIA - A bill that would give the city of Centralia the opportunity to increase sales tax by a half... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 6:56:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Senate has endorsed a bill that could boost Medicaid payments for nursing homes.... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 5:47:01 PM CST February 21, 2018 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Both the Missouri House and Senate have given initial approval to bills that would create... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 5:43:37 PM CST February 21, 2018 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - Not all convicted Missouri inmates run from the law, but most run up large costs for the... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 5:09:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in Target 8
JEFFERSON CITY - Nearly six million vehicles cross structurally deficient bridges every day in the state of Missouri. That's according... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 4:21:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri teens are twice as likely to use tanning beds than the average American teen according to... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 4:03:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLBanks) awarded Jefferson City $910,000 to Greenway Village, Inc.... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:37:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA — Back-and-forth winter temperatures have been known to cause headaches, but especially for drivers this year. Potholes are... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:36:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri is one of three states that has not outlawed texting while driving for drivers 21 and... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:34:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – A local business owner is facing charges of marijuana possession and distribution. Osama Nadir Yanis and his... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:05:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Pharmacy specialists outlined ways to address the opioid crisis as they spoke Wednesday in Columbia. Faculty members... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 2:57:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri House is leaning toward making it a felony to purposefully send explicit images without consent,... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 2:55:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Columbia Regional Airport canceled two departures and delayed an arrival Wednesday because of the weather; but not the... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 2:19:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The dangers of opioids are forcing police to change the way they test drugs... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 1:39:08 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities say a man and woman from Missouri have admitted to selling male enhancement pills that... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 1:18:08 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield man has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenager with a mental disability... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 12:49:46 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 29°
10pm 29°
11pm 30°
12am 30°
1am 30°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00p
2018 Olympic Winter Games
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
10:35p
2018 Olympic Winter Games
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld
10:00p
Seinfeld

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2018 Olympic Winter Games
7:00p
Riverdale
8:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld