National Advocate for Ending Backlog of Untested Rape Kits, to Speak at UNC Asheville November 7
Thu, 10/17/2013 - 1:19pm
Natasha Alexenko, a sexual assault survivor and founder of Natasha’s Justice Project, will discuss her efforts to end the backlog of untested rape kits to bring justice in cases of sexual assault in a presentation at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7 at UNC Asheville’s Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum. The event is free and open to the public.
Alexenko’s assailant was identified through a DNA match nearly 16 years after she was violently attacked. Her talk will be followed by a screening of an excerpt from the HBO documentary, Sex Crimes Unit, which features Alexenko’s story.
Natasha’s Justice Project (NJP) is a non-profit organization pushing to end the nation’s back log of rape kits--the biological and physical evidence, including DNA, that is collected from a rape victim’s body. According to NJP, some 400,000 rape kits sit untested across the nation, contributing to a very low arrest rate in sexual assault crimes. NJP claims that the arrest rate for rape in New York City is three times the national average because all evidence kits there are tested. This presentation is sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Women, Gender and Sexuality Program. For more information, call 828.251.6590.