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NOW on PBS | Justice Delayed | PBS

Duration: 26:46 (Full Program)
Program: NOW on PBS #534

A terrible statistic: one in six women will be a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime. An even more shocking reality: a backlog in processing rape kits — crucial evidence in arresting violent predators — is delaying and sometimes denying justice for tens of thousands of American women. NOW travels to Los Angeles County to investigate why it has the country's largest known rape kit backlog. An internal audit found that more than 50 of their cases have already exceeded the 10-year statute of limitations on rape.

"The evidence that we're talking about represents human lives," Los Angeles Controller Laura Chick tells NOW. "Those are lives stacked up on the shelves waiting for justice."

NOW talks with courageous rape survivors and law enforcement experts for insight and answers in this disturbing report. Are these women being victimized twice?

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Post Date: July 1, 2009