Joe Latta

Evidence from hundreds of rape survivors’ bodies sat in a Fresno police freezer for years


Until the last few months, 765 rape kits – each marked with the victim's name and the date of the assault – gathered from these exams sat untested in a freezer at the Fresno Police Department March 8, 2017 Between 2000 and 2016, hundreds of women went to Fresno hospitals for sexual assault forensic exams. Many had just been raped, but they chose to...
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Forrler pleads to destroying evidence charge


A police officer accused of destroying evidence when he was the evidence officer has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and sentenced to court costs only. December 2, 2016 ALTON — A police officer accused of destroying evidence when he was the evidence officer has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and sentenced to court costs only. Jonathan Forrler plea...
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Once-shelved evidence of child sexual assaults yields DNA hits


Evidence from at least 14 sexual assault kits long stored at Atlanta hospitals for children — and in some cases forgotten — matched DNA samples collected from convicted criminals and stored in a national data base. November 29, 2016 Evidence from at least 14 sexual assault kits long stored at Atlanta hospitals for children — and in some cases forgo...
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First Sexual Assault Survivor’s Bill of Rights Passes Congress, Obama Is Expected to Sign


The "Survivors' Bill of Rights Act" unanimously passed Congress on Wednesday and is on its way to be signedby President Obama. This is the first federal rights bill specifically provided for sexual assault survivors. September 30, 2016 The " Survivors' Bill of Rights Act " unanimously passed Congress on Wednesday and is on its way to be signed by P...
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Fundraiser to help end backlog of untested rape kits


Currently, there are more than 5,000 untested rape kits New Mexico. Rape kits contain evidence collected during investigations of sexual assault that helps determine if criminal charges are warranted. July 27, 2016 LAS CRUCES - A fundraiser to empower victims of sexual assault to become advocates, and to raise money to help pay for a backlog of unt...
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