Denim Day: Ending the Backlog of Over 2800 Untested Rape Kits in San Diego

Denim Day: Ending the Backlog of Over 2800 Untested Rape Kits in San Diego

Starts: 4/26/2016 10:00 AM / 3 years ago

Location 330 W Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101, United States

With community leaders and supporters in a press conference this morning, Lori Saldaña urged San Diegans to observe #DenimDay on Wednesday, April 27, by wearing jeans.

In 1999, Denim Day was established as a protest to raise awareness about sexual assault and prevent such crimes. It has spread around the world. San Diego, which has ignored a years-old backlog of 2,873 unprocessed rape kits, is in dire need of leadership on the issue of public safety and sexual assault. In other cities, processing backlogged rape kits has resulted in convictions of sexual predators.

New York and Los Angeles had rape kit evidence backlogs of 17,000 and 12,500 cleared by last year. Some of the evidence was processed with the aid of an Act of Congress which provided federal funds for cities who need the money to clear their backlogs. Cities only need to ask for help.

In San Diego there has been no response from the incumbent mayor. Wear jeans on Wednesday to protest the Republican mayor’s appalling lack of action in prosecuting and preventing sexual assault.

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