Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the passage of the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Act. The SAFER Act would reduce the nationwide rape kit backlog by reauthorizing, strengthening and extending the Sexual Assault Forensic Reporting program.
“Untested rape kits that could bring justice to victims of sexual assault should not be left sitting in dusty shelves across the nation,” said Cortez Masto. “The SAFER Act will provide Nevada’s law enforcement with the resources they need to reduce the current backlog, help solve horrendous crimes, and give victims the justice they deserve. I applaud my colleagues in the Senate for supporting legislation that fights for those who often don’t have a voice and helps to hold perpetrators accountable.”