For Immediate Release
November 1, 2016
Contact: Dave Gilliard
Sacramento County, CA – A political ad being aired by Congressman Ami Bera is not only false, it could discourage crime victims from reporting crime to local law enforcement. That’s the conclusion of former Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully and the Founder of Crime Victims United Harriet Salarno.
“The ad leaves the false impression that rape kits are not being processed,” said Scully. “This could lead to victims not having confidence in their local law enforcement and not reporting crimes.”
“The false ads being run by Ami Bera could have a chilling effect on crime victims,” said Harriet Salarno, Founder of Crime Victims United. “We call on Ami Bera to immediately take these ads down, before more damage is done and more victims are discouraged from reporting crimes.”
Jan Scully, who served as Sacramento County’s District Attorney from 1995 to 2014, issued a detailed statement regarding the false ads from Bera.
“For over 20 years, Sacramento area law enforcement agencies, including the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, have had all sexual assault kits delivered directly to the Sacramento County Crime Laboratory from the hospital,” said Scully. “This is a collaborative and innovative procedure that has substantially streamlined the processing of sexual assault kits in Sacramento County. With extremely rare exceptions, there are no rape kits “sitting on the shelves” and there have not been for more than two decades.”
Scully’s complete statement can be can be accessed HERE.
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