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Painful Splits Along the Way to Stopping Sexual Assault in and Around Austin
Different approaches to accountability lead to rifts throughout the county
"...local rape survivors, advocate Ana Rodriguez DeFrates told the Austin City Council on Jan. 31 that the last few..."

March 15, 2019 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Sexual Assault Advocates Demand Answers for Rape Kit Negligence
Group pens letter to mayor, police chief, city manager
"...status of APD’s ever-growing rape kit backlog has prompted Travis County’s Sexual Assault Response and Resource Team (SARRT) to..."

March 1, 2017 News Post by Sarah Marloff

Prosecuting Sexual Assault
DOJ grant provides $650,000 to jump-start new sexual assault prosecution unit
"...Local sexual assault advocates are celebrating a victory after the U.S...."

Oct. 14, 2016 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Is Travis County Doing Enough for Rape Survivors?
SARRT study says not so
"...Every aspect of Austin and Travis County's sexual assault response system is under-resourced,..."

April 20, 2018 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

APD Updates County on Moldy Rape Kits
Operations resume, new protocol for informing stakeholders to come
"...The Austin Police Department will resume all remediation efforts to remove..."

July 6, 2017 News Post by Sarah Marloff

Audits Ahead for APD Crime Labs
Forensics lab to onboard new director, plus SARRT letter
"...Finally, a full year after the Austin Police Department shuttered its DNA lab due to out-of-date..."

July 17, 2017 News Post by Sarah Marloff

A Safe Place?
Parties, alcohol, and attitudes are contributing to a high number of sexual assaults in Austin
"...Every 107 seconds someone is sexually assaulted in the U.S., and in Texas, two in..."

Sept. 25, 2015 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Why Aren’t UT Students Getting Rape Kits?
The numbers don't add up
"...with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Bell was born and raised in Austin, and she hopes to stay here..."

March 30, 2018 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Crime Lab: Evidence of Improvement?
Audits on active forensic labs expected to begin before July's end
"...Finally, a full year after the Austin Police Department shuttered its DNA lab due to out-of-date..."

July 21, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Demand for Rape Kits High
SafePlace is receiving two to three requests per day
"...At 12:01am on May 30, SafePlace began offering Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (SAFEs, colloquially known as rape kits)...."

July 24, 2015 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Rape Kit Backlog Reaches Zero
Kits have been sent out for testing, but the wait continues
"...The Austin Police Department’s notorious rape kit backlog is no more...."

April 9, 2018 News Post by Sarah Marloff

Who’s Testing APD’s Backlog of Evidence?
“Everything is on hold”
"...Austin Police have accumulated more than 4,000 untested DNA cases..."

Feb. 24, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Oops!
"...In last week's feature on the response to sexual assault in Travis County ("Painful Splits Along..."

March 22, 2019 Column

Rape Kit Backlog Cleared: Now What?
Advocates still uncertain of what’s being done with the results
"...Oct. 31, Council Member Greg Casar announced that the Austin Police Department has tested its entire backlog of rape..."

Nov. 16, 2018 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

FY 2018 Budget to Help Rape Survivors
City will provide one-time $50,000 allocation to train therapists
"...Advocates for sexual assault survivors are celebrating a $50,000 win after City..."

Sept. 22, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Postmarks
Righteous readers respond to recent rape reportage, and our Best of Austin issue garners a kudo or two.
"...From the Travis Co. Attorney..."

Oct. 19, 2001 Column

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