DNA evidence is a priority for the Rape Treatment Center
Every day, the Rape Treatment Center (RTC) provides care for victims of rape and other sexual assault crimes. These victims range in age from 4 months to 96 years of age.
We believe that the number of sexual assault victims in our community and throughout the country can be significantly reduced if we ensure the timely and effective use of forensic DNA technology in sexual assault investigations.
Most rapists are repeat offenders. The sooner they are apprehended, prosecuted, and incarcerated, the fewer people they will victimize. DNA evidence can be used to identify sex offenders and to facilitate their apprehension. This, in turn, will prevent them from committing more crimes. DNA technology can also help ensure accuracy and fairness in the criminal justice system. It can exclude suspects and exonerate individuals mistakenly accused or convicted of sexual assault crimes.
For all of these reasons, the Rape Treatment Center is working on many fronts to enhance the timely and effective use of DNA evidence in sexual assault cases.