Warning: Today's action is a sensitive one about gender-based violence, but we think it's important.
Every two minutes, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States. Many of these incidents go unreported. While gendered violence and rape are difficult to discuss, we must be willing to confront these issues and advocate for our friends, family, and community members who have been affected by these crimes if we want to create real lasting change.
After a sexual assault takes place, a doctor or nurse may collect and store evidence in what's referred to as a rape kit. When tested, the DNA collected in these kits can be critical in solving these crimes. However, because of what is known as a rape kit backlog, hundreds of thousands of these kits sit untested, leading to extremely low conviction rates.
One way you can help is by urging our elected officials to make needed reforms and devote resources to end this backlog - and together, we can ensure justice for those affected by these crimes, and work to create a safer society for all.
Take 100 seconds to reach out to your elected officials HERE (includes template and will auto-send to your reps).