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Lifetime Fights DNA Delay

4/02/2004 2:34 AM Eastern

Lifetime Television continues to do its part in the fight against rape.

The network joined the National Center for Victims of Crime, RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), ChoicePoint and rape survivor Debbie Smith in urging the Senate to pass legislation that would eliminate the backlog of unanalyzed DNA from more than 221,000 open rape and murder cases.

The backlog data came from the National Forensic DNA Study report, which was prepared by Smith Alling Lane in partnership with Washington State University through the support of a grant awarded by the National Institute of Justice.

"Clearing the DNA backlog could close as many as 67,000 unsolved rapes and murders and take those criminals off the streets," RAINN president Scott Berkowitz said in a prepared statement.

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