NC may have the most untested rape kits in the nation (15,160 reported), none reported from any college campuses (according to the report from Atty General Stein’s office), rape kits are mostly not being processed and money is not being provided to track them. One huge problem is rape is rampant at universities, and universities in NC and across the country are not handling them well. But when rapes are reported in NC, the state is falling down on the job – not processing the evidence and actually sometimes throwing away the evidence. Not processing the evidence wastes more money and causes more damage in the long run.
NC NOW members delivered the pro-choice signature ad packets to all of our representatives in the NC House and NC Senate on Monday, 6/4/18. The packets included a copy of the pro-choice signature ad that we ran in Indy Week in January (as we do every year), and a letter from NC NOW. See pictures, letter, issues here.
Even just the titles of these articles give you an idea how terrible this state budget is. This is the state budget for which the NCGA leadership subverted the process so there can be no amendments or discussion on it. The first two scathing articles are about the Republican leadership circumventing the budget process. The next articles are about some of the things they have done in the budget they won’t allow to be changed – they are giving $1.55 million away to anti-abortion pregnancy clinics (aka Crisis Pregnancy Clinics). They cut suicide hotline money. They refuse to fund the tracking of the 15,160 untested rape kits. They are giving veteran teachers absolutely nothing. Again. And more.
NC is in the midst of a primary election. NOW has Political Action Committees, PACs, at two levels—state and federal. Read about them here. We also cover some recent events and show upcoming events around NC. Topics are attacks on food assistance, reproductive care, #EnoughIsEnough movement following #MeToo, untested rape kits, and more.
How is it possible for so many rape kits to be untested, sitting on shelves, and thrown away over time? The problem is there’s no rule on who foots the bill for rape kit testing across the country — it depends on the state and city you live in. This problem can be addressed in North Carolina, and it would make women and families safer to do so. Rape is a serial crime.
NOW Charlotte was well represented at the Mecklenburg County Commissioner’s meeting on March 20, 2018, supporting county opposition to 287g. The 287g agreement is a collaboration with Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Sheriff’s Office that has deported over 15,000 people in Mecklenburg County. NOW Charlotte signed onto an anti-287g letter that was signed by over 40 organizations demanding the end of the program. The NOW Charlotte president spoke at the County Commissioner meeting and spoke on behalf of those who cannot speak out for themselves.
NC NOW Newsletter for February and March 2018 includes stories of how people in Fayetteville got that untested rape kit inventory done across NC (with Fayetteville NOW’s help), some events around the state (Trauma to Prison Pipeline Report, Title IX at FSU, more), national events on #EnoughIsEnough and the next US Supreme Court case, NIFLA v. Becerra, on what CPCs can say in California. Currently CPCs need to tell the truth in California, and the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates are suing to change that!
We learned about a shocking number of untested rape kits in NC on 2/28/18. This is the story of how that came about, how a few people in Fayetteville got a problem tracked by changing the law. Now others can focus on finding money to get those rape kits tested so NC can find and jail more rapists.
Upcoming ‘rape crisis sensitivity’ trainings in Fayetteville with the Rape Crisis Center of Cumberland County. Become informed about rape and sexual assault, find out how you can help survivors. One set on Saturday March 3 and 10, 2018, and the other set on Saturday, May 12 and 19, 2018. You must attend both classes of the set.
Fayetteville NOW’s 18th annual Susan B. Anthony event honoring a rape crisis center executive director and a cold case investigator.