NEWS ALERT: Backlog Amendment Before Council Wednesday

Jun. 25, 2012Council Member Ellen Cohen

Fact: Too many people in Houston who have been victims of a horrendous sexual assault and who have also undergone invasive forensic testing have to endure another trauma – delayed justice.

At present, over 4,000 rape kits, which contain vital pieces of physical evidence that could be used to apprehend violent criminals, have not been tested due to a lack of resources. To help address the City of Houston’s rape kit backlog, I recently proposed an ordinance, which council will hear on Wednesday, June 27th, that seeks to generate funding by imposing a $5 fee on operators of adult entertainment establishments based on their number of daily customers. It is anticipated that this will raise $1-3 million per year.

The survivors of sexual assault crimes deserve justice, and this proposal provides a practical avenue towards accomplishing that goal.

I hope you’ll consider supporting this effort to ensure survivors receive justice.



P.S. Houston City Council meets Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. in the council chamber at City Hall. Tuesday is reserved for public comment, while Wednesday session is for matters that require council action. To appear before Council, please call 832.393.1100 or email All meetings are open to the public and can also be watched online.