When a woman says she was raped, she is typically not telling the truth.
But a new lawsuit seeks to change that.
Lawyer and author Rachel Pemberton has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Houston alleging she was falsely accused of raping her in 2016.
The lawsuit claims the city violated Pembertons rights and the rights of all victims of sexual assault by withholding information about rape kits and not providing adequate testing for rape kits.
It was revealed last year that Houston police routinely fail to test rape kits because they lack a way to track the kits or to identify the perpetrator.
Houston is also facing a $40 million lawsuit by the city and the FBI alleging that it violated federal law by failing to conduct DNA testing of rape kits before they were sent to law enforcement agencies.
In response to Pemberts complaint, the Houston Police Department released a statement saying it “is committed to providing accurate, timely and complete results for rape kit testing.
The kits submitted to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office have been tested and passed.
The kit samples submitted to Houston police are subject to standard DNA testing.”
This type of testing is not necessary in Houston to fulfill the requirements of federal law and has not been requested by the Harris county sheriff’s office.
“Houston also has a sexual assault kit law, which states that law enforcement must obtain a warrant before releasing sexual assault kits from their possession to other jurisdictions.
It is unclear whether Houston would be forced to comply with the law or if it would have to waive it altogether.
The city said it would not comment on pending litigation.