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Woman Forced to Sue Police for Refusing to Investigate Her Rape or Test Her Rape Kit — for Years

San Francisco, CA – The twisted priorities of police departments in the United States should be obvious to anyone who has ever been a victim of a serious crime, or anyone who has been arrested for a nonviolent offense. Officers spend their days pulling over motorists in hopes of finding someone traveling with drugs or other prohibited items, or attempt to steal their money — meanwhile, rapes and murders continue to go unsolved. To make matters worse, it is being discovered that some of the worst crimes are never even being investigated.

Heather Marlowe of San Francisco has had the unfortunate experience of relying on her local police department to investigate a horrific crime of which she was the victim. Sadly, her case was not taken seriously and was never thoroughly investigated, and now she is suing the city and the police department.

In 2010, Marlowe was drugged and raped. Immediately following the traumatic experience, she did everything that police suggest a person in her situation do. Marlowe immediately reported the crime to police and went to the hospital for a rape kit examination. She stayed attentive to her case and found that the police were not only failing to investigate it, they had never even tested the rape kit.

Marlowe was able to track down a suspect, but instead of testing his DNA and testing the DNA on the rape kit, the police ordered her to put herself into contact with him again and attempt to lure a confession out of him. She was told by police that if she did not meet with her alleged rapist that they would not look into prosecuting him.

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According to the lawsuit, “[Officer Joe] Cordes instructed Marlowe to make contact with suspect and flirt with him in order to elicit a confession that suspect had indeed raped Marlowe. Cordes also instructed Marlowe to set up a date with the suspect to prove that Marlowe could identify the suspect in a crowd. Cordes told Marlowe that if she refused to engage in these actions, SFPD would cease its investigation of her rape.”

At a press conference earlier this month, Marlowe expressed her concern for other people who are in similar situations.

“I’ve reached a point where I’m not clear about anything anymore in regards to what they’ve told me about my case. I have learned that this is an issue that is going on across the city, across the Bay Area, across the state of California, across the country, to the number upwards of 400,000 untested rape kits, ignored rape kits.” Marlowe said.

Hundreds of thousands of rape kits, dating back decades, have gone untested by police departments across the country, but oddly they seem to have the time and resources to test all of the drugs that they confiscate.

This revelation sheds some light on the way that cases are prioritized in American police departments.

According to the Department of Justice, there are currently over 400,000 untested rape kits collecting dust in police evidence rooms nationwide, and many other estimates suggest that this number could be as high as one million.

In February 2014, an SFPD audit confirmed that over 750 rape kits had not been tested in the San Francisco area, according to SF News.

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As a result of this horrific negligence, roughly 3% of rape cases in America are actually solved, despite the fact that many rape kits have a high chance of leading to an arrest since most rapists are career criminals who have their DNA on file.

In some cases, the victims even know who their attackers are, but they can not prosecute these criminals because the evidence has not been processed by police.

Marlowe v. City and County of San Francisco Et Al.

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  • Welcome to the Police States of America….

    • Is it just me or is this the most inappropriate and perverse place to randomly advertise sexually explicit photos for your page? Trolling is one thing, this is messed up…

    • I have reported it in a message to the admin. I suggest you do the same Jeremiah Rogers

    • Judy Greer, the admin aren’t going to do anything. People have been reporting it for weeks. If they wanted to kick them, its a two second job.

  • Probabally a cop raped her

    • Possibly. I’m guessing it’s due to the personal opinions of the uneducated inexperienced misogynists who are paid for doing nothing. After all, they were hoping she would become discouraged, give up and go away like all the rest.

  • Kayla Vaughn….

  • US society is morally flipped!!!

  • The state can’t make money if they must spend it on testing rape kits and other resources needed to solve crimes. Makes you wonder what detectives do all day?

  • What are the twisted priorities? In this case, the woman couldn’t identify where the attack took place, and could not accurately identify her attacker. I’m not saying that the police shouldn’t investigate her case, all I’m saying is that without a suspect, what do you want the cops to do?

    • Really. It’s not like they ignored her case. They tried to arrange for a confession, which is the only evidence they would have. Doesn’t change the fact that the whole system needs to change though

    • They could start by testing the rape kit maybe???

    • they could do their fuckin jobs thatd be a start

    • John Long, let’s run this through. They test her kit. There’s 3 ways this can go.

      1. Since the guy drugged her, he’s probably done this before. Since it isn’t his first rodeo, he makes sure he doesn’t leave any DNA. The kit reflects that. No DNA, no suspect, no case.

      2. He’s done this before and his DNA is on file. The kit finds DNA and they match it. They know who the guy is, and are able to convict.

      3. They run the kit, find DNA, but it doesn’t match anyone in the system. Since the police did get a DNA sample from someone, but lost it, they have no suspects and no case.

    • Phil Barton, if the woman’s lawsuit accurately portrays what happened, that detective should be fired. Sending the victim to confront their attacker is outrageous. If I attacked someone and they come talking to me at a later time, I’d know they were working with the cops.

    • Peter Kent, she couldn’t positively identify her attacker, or even the house she was attacked in. Aside from running the kit, what more could they have done? And if they ran the kit and either got no DNA or no matches, what then?

    • Ur asking where do they go from there..its a good question..hence why detectives shld be asking these questions themselves.. If the rape kit is UNTESTED then they have no ground to stand on…if it doesn’t come back with any DNA then that is just one less lead to go on..with bow much work they put in to busting dui/stoners they cld use some of those same resources to solve this..or at least give a sence that they tried..but alas unless it’s a slam dunk ez pz case..they generally don’t do anything

    • Jason Edward, ok so if it’s #2 then they got him, if it’s #3 then they could catch him in the future. Without testing the kit those two out of three chances become zero out of three.

  • Brook Atkinson

  • unthinkable treatment of a victim.

  • People need to learn of the power of attending their local city council meetings. In most if not all city council meetings there is time set aside for “Public Input.” This is your opportunity to bring to light an injustice that has or is happening in the city.

    These meetings are recorded, and this recording becomes public record. You can forward these videos to the media and you can call out the council for inaction in future meetings.

    City workers lose their shit when being publicly called out for not doing what they are hired to do. I’m not trying to fault this woman, but merely suggest an option that might have encouraged her case to get to the top of the pile sooner.

  • Honest question, Is this different everywhere? I didn’t think the police did “rape kits”. Here in northern VA you go to a hospital and a SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner) conducts the tests.

    • They (medical) gather dna and do phyisicsl exsms. The tests have to be conducted in a lab. The police departments have contracts with said labs. They are not allowing the stored tests to be evaluated, thereby allowing a rapist to go free.

    • It’s not that they aren’t allowing the lab to process the tests, the kits run $1000 to $1500 to process. If the cost isn’t the issue, it’s the backlog.

      From what I’ve read so far this evening, the biggest issue is that the woman can’t positively identify her attacker. Even if the DNA evidence were conclusive, it’s just one piece of evidence. It isn’t the end-all-be-all go to jail card. I can’t find a single case where they used DNA, and DNA only, to convict.

    • I’m shocked they told her she had to make contact with the suspected offender… Revictimization?!!

    • Christy Solomon Younes, the detective should be disciplined for doing that.

  • Doesn’t surprise me at all!

  • Dear God, why. Just why

  • what does it matter the lady is raped take fucking evidence and samples the rapist may not have been identified or her description not clear but if he s in the system theyl get him if not at some point he l end up in the system and old cases are often solved unless they know the rapist may be a copper wouldnt be the first time

    • The cops did take evidence. Maybe try reading the story first?

  • Why are all the bad cop story’s from the US. Is it only their story’s that hit the Internet, are cops everywhere else saints , I Fucken don’t think so , either way I’m sick of seeing cop stories in my news feed

  • This is just shameful

  • I bet police officers and politicians have raped people too, that’s probably why they don’t investigate them

  • to busy busting people for weed

  • The pollice are NOT here to serve and protect the public. They work for the prosecutor, the attorneys, and the judges (i.e., the BAR). The police are an extra constitutional invention of the judiciary. The policeman’s job is to make and provide easy cases for the attorneys and the judges to make more money for them.

  • You know why police are allowing rapes? The LGBTXYZ crowd are working very hard to give rapists and pedophiles “rights”. Eight more years of unrestrained liberalism and that’s what will happen.

    Trump = war

    Clinton =war + unrestrained liberalism

    • Unrestrained Liberalism = PEACE. Don Hughes = Nonsense.

    • We’ve been at war the last eight years. Check yourself,genius.That’s not peace 😀 Or perhaps you think peace equals rights for rapists and pedophiles?

  • The system is corupt