President George W. Bush signed “The Justice for All Act of 2004” Thursday, making it a law.
The Senate had joined the House of Representatives in passing the bill Oct. 11.
The legislation will provide approximately $1 billion in funding over five years to eliminate the DNA-rape-kit backlog and help to put thousands of rapists behind bars.
Lifetime has been working for more than two years with rape survivors and leading advocacy organizations like the NationalCenter for Victims of Crime and RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) to draw attention to the problem of the DNA-rape-kit backlog.
The network said that in order to mark the victory, it will begin airing a new public-service announcement from rape survivor Debbie Smith thanking viewers, advocates and key lawmakers like Reps. Mark Green (R-Wis.) and Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Sens. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) and Orin Hatch (R-Utah) for their support.