DENVER - A bill to require the testing of all rape kits in Colorado passed its first hurdle to become law in the state house Thursday afternoon. The House Judiciary Committee passed the legislation with a unanimous 11 – 0 vote. The bill was introduced by State Rep. Frank McNulty in response to a CALL7 Investigation.
“Is it an unrealistic expectation that all evidence be considered and that the investigative process be complete?” testified rape victim Kelly Binder. Binder says she was raped more than two years ago by a man she met at a downtown Denver bar, but her rape kit was never tested because her attacker claimed it was consensual.
"He physically restrained me," Binder told CALL7 Investigator Keli Rabon in November 2012. "And while he was raping me, I said 'No. I don't know you. I don't want to do this.’”
Binder tearfully testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee in support of HB 1020. She told lawmakers that it was important all rape kits be tested, to help find serial rapists.
If HB 1020 is passed and signed into law by the Governor, it would create new rules for submitting, analyzing and comparing evidence in sexual assaults. It also creates a plan for eliminating the backlog of untested rape kits, by requiring law enforcement agencies to submit existing evidence to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.