Maryland Lawmakers Call for Uniform Police Standards on Rape Kits

Congress unanimously passed legislation in September creating a similar Survivors Bill of Rights in federal cases. “I am hopeful that we can garner the same kind of bipartisan support for this issue” in Maryland, Hettleman said. More than half of the states have laws mandating a minimum time period to retain evidence in sexual assault cases, according to research by AEquitas, an organization that offers support and training to prosecutors who handle cases of sexual and domestic violence.