Both Calvin Hauburger and Tonay Dubose are taking a cross-listed Criminology and Women's Studies class at Penn State University entitled: "Sexual and Domestic Violence". For their Activism Project this semester, they found Natasha's Justice Project-a nonprofit organization aiming to eliminate the backlog of rape kits across America in order to provide retribution, justice and peace to those who have been sexually abused or rape.
Read Natasha Alexenko's story below and how Natasha's Justice Project came to fruition, as well as how the money from this specific page will be utilized by the NJP.
To find out more about Natasha's Justice Project, statistics on sexual assaults, rape kits, links for support, similar organizations, or what you can do to help end the backlog, please visit their website at: http://natashasjusticeproject.org/, follow them on Twitter: @NatashasJustice or visit their Facebook page: Natasha's Justice Project.
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In 1993, twenty-year old college student, Natasha Alexenko, was violently raped in Manhattan. Following the rape, Alexenko went to a local hospital where doctors took various DNA samples off of her body in order to complete a rape kit in hopes of finding Alexenko’s rapist. The rape kit was completed, sealed, and then due to a backlog of rape kits in the city, sat on the shelves of the New York City Police Department for the next nine and a half years.
During the year 2000, two important things happened. First, New York City joined CODIS (Combined DNA Index System), a database providing police departments with a catalogue of criminal offenders. Second, former mayor, Michael Bloomerg, enacted the John Doe Indictment Project. This project aimed at stopping sexual offenders from using the statute of limitations as a way to avoid being prosecuted for their heinous crimes.
It was because of these combined efforts that in 2003 Natasha was able to testify in front of a Grand Jury and receive a rape charge on the DNA collected in her rape kit, though her offender was still at large. Nearly fourteen years after the initial rape, Natasha Alexekno received the justice she so rightfully deserved. Through CODIS, a DNA match was made after Victor Rondon was arrested for a minor crime in Las Vegas, Nevada. Eventually he was connected to, tried, and convicted. Rondon was sentenced to a maximum of 107 years in jail after being found guilty of eight counts of violent assault, including: burglary and robbery in the first degree, two counts of rape in the first degree, sodomy in the first degree, and sexual abuse in the first degree.
In 2011, Natasha Alexenko created Natasha's Justice Project, using her traumatic and lengthy story as a way to give back and help survivors of sexual abuse and rape. The NJP was created with intention to end the backlog of nearly 400,000 rape kits that sit on shelves across America, and help the survivors of rape and sexual assault seek justice for the crimes committed against their bodies, minds, souls, and spirits.
All of the proceeds raised from this specific page will go towards NJP’s “sponsorship of a national summit for people who have experienced sexual violence. This summit will aim to determine a course of action to create the first nationwide coalition created by and for survivors of sexual violence and the rape kit backlog.”