Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland doesn’t think there is a need to work on rape kits, because he believes most rape accusations are false.
In response to a bill proposed by Rep. Melissa Wintrow, which would require the Idaho State Police Forensic Services Laboratory to test all rape kits and also to create a new timeline for testing and a victim notification service, Rowland argued that rape kits are a waste of time.
“I really believe the Legislature needs to take a strong look at allowing law enforcement to do their job and not try to dictate what we need to do. I think they’re trying to help, I really do,” Rowland told news station KIDK.
“They need to let us decide if we’re going to send the kit and when we send the kits in. Because the majority of our rapes— not to say that we don’t have rapes, we do—but the majority of our rapes that are called in, are actually consensual sex,” he added.
In response, Wintrow said that the sheriff’s statements were harmful to women. “Many times people are focused on a woman’s behavior, and the victim’s response,” she said, “when we should be thinking about what are we teaching men in this society. What are we teaching young boys and men about how we should not initiate or cross any physical boundary without consent.”