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Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

634 SW Harrison

Topeka, KS 66603

1-888-END ABUSE

http://www.kcsdv.org/

Allen County

Hope Unlimited, Inc.

Iola

800-498-7566 or 620-365-7566

Atchison County

DoVES (also serves Hiawatha)

800-367-7075

Barton County

Family Crisis Center

Great Bend

620-792-1885

Brown County

DoVES (Hiawatha)

800-367-7075

STOP Violence (Reserve)

785-742-0053

Butler County

Family Life Center

800-870-6967

Cowley County

Safe Homes

620-221-4357

Crawford County

Crisis Resource Center of Southeast Kansas, Inc

Pittsburg

800-794-9148

Douglas County

Women’s Transitional Care Services

800-770-3030 or 785-843-3333

http://www.sunflower.com/~wtcs/

GaDuGi SafeCenter

785-841-2345

http://www.rvss.org/

Ellis County

Northwest Kansas Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

Hays

800-794-4624 or 785-625-3055

Finney County

Family Crisis Services

Garden City

620-275-5911

Ford County

Crisis Center of Dodge City

Dodge City

620-225-6510

Franklin County

Women’s Transitional Care Services

800-770-3030 or 785-843-3333

http://www.sunflower.com/~wtcs/

Geary County

The Crisis Center (Junction City)

800-727-2785

Grant County

DoVES

620-356-2608

Harvey County

DV/SA Task Force

800-487-0510

Jackson County

Friends of Yates Joyce Williams Center

Kansas City

913-321-0951

http://www.friendsofyates.org/index.htm

Prairie Band Pottawatomie Family Violence Prevention Program

Mayetta

866-966-0173

Johnson County

Safehome Inc.

Overland Park

913-262-2868

http://www.safehome-ks.org/

Lyon County

S.O.S. Inc.

Emporia

800-825-1295 or 620-342-1870

http://www.soskansas.com/

Leavenworth County

Alliance Against Family Violence

Leavenworth (also serves Tonganoxie)

913-682-9131

http://www.aafv.net/

McPherson County

DV Violence Center

800-701-3630

Miami County

Safe Home

888-432-4300

http://www.safehome-ks.org/

Montgomery County

Crisis Resource Center of Southeast Kansas, Inc.

Coffeyville

888-320-7218

Reno County

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center

Hutchinson (also serves McPherson)

800-701-3630

Riley County

The Crisis Center, Inc

Manhattan (also serves Junction City)

800-727-2785

Saline County

Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas

Salina

800-874-1499

http://www.dvack.org/

Seward County

Rape Crisis and DV Services

Liberal

620-624-8818

Shawnee County

YWCA Battered Women Task Force

Topeka

Daytime: 785-354-7927

Evening and Weekend: 785-234-3300

Outside Topeka: 1-888-822-2983

http://www.ywcatopeka.org

Sherman County

NW Family Shelter

Goodland

800-794-4624

Sedgwick County

Harbor House

Wichita

316-263-6000

http://www.wkscatholiccharities.org/harborhouse.html

Step Stone

Wichita

316-265-1611

http://www.stepstoneks.org/

YWCA Women’s Crisis Center

Wichita

316-267-7233

http://www.ywcaofwichita.org/

Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center

Wichita

(316) 263-3002 or (316) 263-0185

http://www.wichitasac.com/index.html

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This is a freelance reporter whom I had contacted about my case. He might be a possible resource for survivors who's crime occurred within the State of Kansas (a different state than where my crime occurred).

He indicated that although today the local police might send all rape kits for DNA testing and entered into CODIS, there still remains the possibility of older rape kits that were taken before DNA testing that may be somewhere. This is something that he is working on.

He can only cover cases in Kansas (not where my crime occurred) and said that he "would certianly be interested in ways to get in touch with rape victims in Kansas who have had similar problems getting prosecution/testing. If you have contact with such people through your networks, please make my contact info. available. Anonymity can be guaranteed if requested."

He can be contacted at:

Shaun Hittle

Lawrence Journal-World

x99hittle@hotmail.com

Cell # 269-370-7633

Here is an excerpt of what I emailed him (modified for anonymity and deletion of superfulous information). But it lets you know the context of "get in touch with rape victims in Kansas who have had similar problems getting prosecution/testing".

Note: I do NOT know the statutes of limitations on crimes committed in the State of Kansas. I only researched them for the state where my crime occurred.

The citizens of <another state> are being told by the police and the Prosecuting Attorney's office that the prosecution of NO crime can be commenced after 3 years unless it is a homicide. When I contacted the sex crimes division of the police department I was told that the statute of limitations (both THEN and NOW) had expired. The same thing was believed by the Prosecuting Attorneys office. The ONLY sex crimes division that I contacted who knew that a prosecution against forcible rape and forcible sodomy could be commenced at any time was a "cold case SEX crimes division" in another town.

There are thousands of other survivors who had a rape kit done where their cases might be solved if:

(1) The survivor knew to contact the police now that DNA can be sampled from an old rape kit and to NOT believe the police when they are told that no sex crime can be prosecuted after 3 years,

(2) Future victims will know when they are victimized that they can pursue prosecution at a date beyond 3 years,

(3) The police of the state of <another State> be knowledgeable of what sex crimes can still be prosecuted so that they don't give out INCORRECT information to survivors. And that they themselves will take it upon themselves to look for a rape kit when a survivor contacts them, and

(4) The Prosecuting Attorney's offices throughout the state of <another state> must have their lawyers know what the laws are.

The citizens of the state of <another state> have a RIGHT to the correct information. And the police and the prosecuting attorney's offices have the OBLIGATION, at a minimum, to give the correct information out when a survivor of a rape contacts them to ask to have their rape kit tested. They were courageous enough to go to the police and face them. Courageous enough to endure the hospital and the medical procedures. The least that the judicial system can do is to inform them as their RIGHTS as a VICTIM.

Currently, at least in <deleted county>, even if they had the funding to test "old" rape kits they don't do them because they say it is a waste of time and money because the perpetrator can no longer be prosecuted for the crime after 3 years.

How many people like myself contact the police or the Prosecuting Attorney and are told as I was to, "Forget it. It's been more than 3 years."? When who knows how many of those survivors' rape kits could be brought out of storage and tested and cold hits made in CODIS. Just matching ONE rape kit can not only give one survivor some closure which she deserves after being willing to go through the police and hospital procedures after a kidnapping and rape (especially when it was a stranger where we don't know who this perpetrator is and live in fear of him knowing us, yet we have no idea who he is). But not only can it possibly bring some closure to a survivor through at least "knowing" who it was. Maybe getting a conviction for those survivors who are fighting mad and willing to go through the trial process. BUT if one survivor's perpetrator is caught and taken off of the streets, how many other women, boys and girls, and even men might be saved the tragedy of becoming another one of that perpetrator's victim?

There is so much that society can gain from not only rape kits being tested. But also from the public (and judicial system) knowing what the laws are so that cold sex cases can be pursued. This will benefit not only survivors. But also those who have not yet been victimized. Because a rapist may have his DNA sitting in a warehouse untested and thus is still undetected and out committing more rapes. And who's mother, daughter, wife, son will be their next victim? When they might be able to be convicted and sentenced BEFORE they are able to commit another 1, 50, or 150 more rapes (or ultimately murders) and thus create that many more victims and the aftermath for that victim and the victim's family and society.

Edited by survivor

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