Kupchick advocates for assault victims

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132)

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132)

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) provided powerful testimony to the budget-writing Appropriations last week on maintaining state funding for the Rape Crisis Hotline and sexual assault evidence analysis.

Kupchick’s testimony in opposition to the Governor’s recommendation to consolidate several items in the Public Health Budget, specifically, the Rape Crisis line item. The Rape Crisis hotline and services provided to victims through funding that is crucial to protecting victims and should remain intact.

According to Rep. Kupchick’s testimony the line-item consolidation would cause a competition for reduced funds.

The Governors recommendation to take a number of line items in the Judicial Branch budget, specifically, the line item for the Forensic Sex Evidence Exams (the SAFE Program and reimbursement to hospitals for sexual assault evidence collection kits), and consolidating them into the General Fund of the Judicial Branch will be detrimental to the victims these services aim to assist.

Currently, when law enforcement begins to investigate a sexual assault, DNA evidence is a central part to finding the alleged perpetrator. It is vital that DNA evidence be collected and tested by a forensic laboratory in order for a fair and just process to take place.

In the 21st century most crimes involve some sort of DNA evidence which can make or break the outcome of the case and can lead to prosecution of all types of crimes. Such DNA evidence collected from the kits not only can help bring justice to the case at hand but also can help investigators solve crimes totally unrelated to the crime currently being investigated.

“When DNA kits are tested they can help identify an unknown assailant, confirm the presence of a known suspect, confirm the survivor’s account of the attack and discredit the subject, it can connect the suspect to other crime scenes and exonerate innocent suspects. At the end of the day rape kits play a crucial role in the investigation process and provide law enforcement with the evidence they need to help bring the suspect to justice and give the survivor a piece of mind,” said Rep. Kupchick.

Kupchick added, “Public Safety is one the most important functions of government. These crucial services are very important to the safety of our residents and help to ensure that we will be able to provide dependable, all-inclusive, victim-centered culturally knowledgeable services for victims and survivors of sexual assault.”

In addition to Rep. Kupchick’s testimony, The Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport also submitted testimony to preserve both the hotline and DNA kit line-items.

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