03/29/16: Rape Kit Testing; Historic St. Augustine; Wonder Artists From Canada

Mar 29, 2016

 Rape kit testing

Governor Rick Scott signs into law a measure requiring all rape kits in the state to be tested within 120 days.

Scott signed the bill after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a report that said 13,000 kits in Florida have not been processed — sometimes for years.

In Duval County, FDLE reports one of the highest rates of forcible sexual offenses in the state.

The state attorney’s office has applied for a $2 million dollar grant to handle all the untested rape kits.

But even with this new law taking effect, some women who’ve been raped said they’re skeptical authorities can actually bring them justice.

Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, who’s written about Sara’s ordeal, is the in-studio guest.

Historic site in St. Augustine

The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum in St Augustine was built in 1798, when Florida became a territory in 1821. Museum spokeswoman Susan Caven talks about the museum, as we mark Women’s History Month.

Wonder artists from Canada

And we speak to the wonder artists, Christine and Ingrid Jensen, from Canada bring original big band music to University North Florida. The Jensen Sisters will be in concert Thursday night at the school’s Robinson Theatre.