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Is Forensic DNA Good for Women? The Unintended Side Effects of Increased DNA Capabilities

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This research seeks to examine the unintended side effects of increased DNA capabilities by tracking a trend in the number of non-stranger rape cases prosecuted over approximately 15 years. Though a majority of sexual assault crimes are committed by someone known to the victim, cases where identity is the issue have higher conviction rates due to the strength of evidence like forensic DNA. As a result, these cases are more likely to be prosecuted at higher rates than those dealing with matters of consent.

By tracking a trend in the number of non-stranger rapes prosecuted by a district attorney's office, with special attention paid to the years in which federal initiatives and grants increased DNA capabilities of crime labs nationwide, I intend to illustrate the unintended side effects of Forensic DNA, especially in crimes like non-stranger rape where issues of identity carry less weight. This examination will help determine the pitfalls of increased DNA capabilities-- begging the question: Is forensic DNA good for women?
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Velazquez, Brenda. "Is Forensic DNA Good for Women? The Unintended Side Effects of Increased DNA Capabilities" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 04, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372560_index.html>

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Velazquez, B. , 2009-11-04 "Is Forensic DNA Good for Women? The Unintended Side Effects of Increased DNA Capabilities" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372560_index.html

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Abstract: This research seeks to examine the unintended side effects of increased DNA capabilities by tracking a trend in the number of non-stranger rape cases prosecuted over approximately 15 years. Though a majority of sexual assault crimes are committed by someone known to the victim, cases where identity is the issue have higher conviction rates due to the strength of evidence like forensic DNA. As a result, these cases are more likely to be prosecuted at higher rates than those dealing with matters of consent.

By tracking a trend in the number of non-stranger rapes prosecuted by a district attorney's office, with special attention paid to the years in which federal initiatives and grants increased DNA capabilities of crime labs nationwide, I intend to illustrate the unintended side effects of Forensic DNA, especially in crimes like non-stranger rape where issues of identity carry less weight. This examination will help determine the pitfalls of increased DNA capabilities-- begging the question: Is forensic DNA good for women?


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