AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Lavinia Masters is a survivor.
The Dallas resident was raped at knife-point when she was just 13 years old. Her rape kit sat on a shelf, untested, for 21 years.
State Rep. Victoria Neave’s new legislation would tackle the backlog of rape kits in Texas, taking a multi-pronged approach to address current kits and prevent future pileups.
House Bill 8, named after Masters, would initiate an audit to determine the number, status and location of all rape kits in the state of Texas. The “Lavinia Masters Act” would also create time requirements for testing new rape kits to prevent future backlogs.