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Rape Kit Backlogs Continue To Delay Justice For Victims


As of last month, Virginia is only the sixth state, along with Washington, D.C., to have cleared its backlog, according to the End the Backlog campaign August 30, 2020 Twenty-seven years later, Natasha Alexenko, 47, clearly remembers her rapist's gun — a smooth black handgun that resembled a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol. In 1993, on the Upper West Sid...
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09

Virginia eliminates huge backlog of untested rape kits

2,665 rape kits have been tested, 851 new DNA profiles have been uploaded into a national DNA database and 354 "hits" have been sent to law enforcement agencies July 8, 2020 RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia has eliminated a backlog of thousands of untested rape kits, becoming only the seventh state in the country to do so, Virginia Attorney General Mark H...
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MAY
26

SDPD Has the Most Untested Rape Kits in the State – by Far

A state audit published this week illuminates the extent to which SDPD has treated rape kits differently than its fellow law enforcement agencies across the state. May 20, 2020 he San Diego Police Department has more untested rape kits than any other law enforcement agency in the state. And unlike virtually every other agency in California, SDPD al...
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MAR
01

Rape kits sit in labs, untested as required

As of August 2019, over 1,500 kits were still in the possession of State Police Enter Article DATE HERE ALBANY — Hundreds of rape kits are sitting untested in New York State Police crime laboratories as standards are being skirted, a situation that's left law enforcement officials also questioning whether the labs can keep up with new pre-tria...
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FEB
14

Untested rape kit backlog has returned: GBI

The backlog of overall evidence that needs to be tested is over 44,000 February 15, 2020 ATLANTA — State officials say a backlog of hundreds of untested rape kits is accumulating at the GBI crime lab once again – and proposed budget cuts could make it worse. The situation spotlights a half-billion dollars in budget cuts proposed by Gov. Brian Kemp ...
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FEB
05

Thousands of rape kits go untested in Indiana

416 were from victims who didn't want to proceed, 1,669 were identified as false reports, and 751 were from cases that had already gone through the court system where the suspect might have confessed. Enter Article DATE HERE More than 2,500 rape kits from potentially viable cases currently sit unprocessed in police and sheriff evidence rooms a...
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JAN
20

Five years later, authorities address rape kit backlog in Flint

Leyton said in the last five years, they've been able to process all 736 backlogged rape kits, sending them to the lab. Enter Article DATE HERE FLINT, Mich — In 2015, between 230 and 250 untested rape kits were found in the city of Flint. The police chief at the time, Jim Tolbert, said authorities in the past dropped the ball. "When we were al...
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DEC
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More than half of police, prosecutors miss N.Y. rape kit deadline

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers approved a law last year requiring the timely testing of rape kits, which contain physical evidence collected from the body and clothing of a victim in a possible sexual assault. December 13, 2019 ALBANY, N.Y. — More than half of New York's police agencies and prosecutors to report the number of untested sexual...
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NOV
30

More than 6,000 sex assault kits in Missouri are untested. Kansas City has the most

We have failed survivors of sexual assault," said Matthew Huffman, spokesman for Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. November 30, 2019 Jackson County has the highest number of untested sexual assault kits in the state, with more than 2,300 kits stored at area police departments and health facilities, a report from the Missouri ...
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OCT
16

After Years Collecting Dust, Missouri's Untested Rape Kits Are Getting Sorted Out

Missouri has more than 10,000 untested rape kits sitting on shelves in police departments and hospital — some have been there for decades — October 16, 2019 Missouri has more than 10,000 untested rape kits sitting on shelves in police departments and hospital — some have been there for decades — but the state is finally set to have a full inventory...
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JUL
16

Audit: New Jersey Police Agencies Need Uniform Policies For Rape Kits


Establishing formal procedures for the handling of kits by local law-enforcement officials could help ensure that cases are handled uniformly across the state, but the audit found more than half of local law-enforcement agencies lacked written policies in critical areas. July 12, 2019 New Jersey does not have a backlog for processing rape kits at s...
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APR
12

Backlog of untested rape kits in Pennsylvania could be cleared by this fall

The backlog of untested rape kits in Pennsylvania has dropped almost 90 percent -- from more than 3,000 in 2016 to 339 by the end of 2018, the state's auditor general announced on Thursday. April 11, 2019 y Sarah Cassi | For lehighvalleylive.com The backlog of untested rape kits in Pennsylvania has dropped almost 90 percent -- from more than 3,000 ...
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APR
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Legislation targets rape kit backlog

The Washington State Patrol Crime Lab can currently test only 213 kits per month, with a backlog of around 10,000 kits. April 11, 2019 OLYMPIA — A bill to reduce the processing time for sexual assault kits has passed the Washington Legislature in two unanimous votes. Sexual assault kits have remained untested for over a decade in Washington. The Wa...
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MAR
08

DA’s Rape-Kit Testing Effort Yields Zero Arrests So Far; Half of $1 Million Spent


Enter Headline here March 6, 2019 Home » Crime » This Article DA's Rape-Kit Testing Effort Yields Zero Arrests So Far; Half of $1 Million Spent Posted by Ken Stone on In April 2018, San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan announced a $1 million program to test 1,000 backlogged rape kits — aiming to identify DNA and put assailants away. Th...
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OCT
05

Brown signs bill to count backlogged rape kits in California


​The bill requires that the backlog be tallied and reported by July 1, 2019.​ September 30, 2018 SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed one bill and rejected another Sunday that sexual assault survivors have long sought in hopes of forcing California law enforcement agencies to account for backlogged rape kits. Brown signed AB3118 by Assemblyman Davi...
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SEP
28

Untested Rape Kits Hid 817 Serial Predators In Detroit, Tens Of Thousands More Concealed In Backlog Across U.S.


In Detroit alone, 11,000 rape kits that were slowly tested over the last few years revealed 817 serial rapists—meaning there are likely close to 29,000 repeat rapists, whose identities are hiding in those crime-scene kits gathering dust around the U.S. Enter Article DATE HERE Detroit's recent discovery of more than 800 serial rapists underscor...
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MAY
25

30-year-old untested rape kit highlights massive backlog in Missouri system


30-year-old untested rape kit highlights massive backlog in Missouri system Enter Article DATE HERE Attorney General Josh Hawley says a new report shows Missouri's crime labs can't keep up with the volume of rape kits flowing through the system. According to the data released, more than 4,800 kits with suspected sexual assault evidence have no...
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MAY
13

Rape Kit Tracking Bill Goes To Gov


The bill the Senate passed Wednesday requires the implementation of kit-tracking by the Division of Scientific Services. May 9, 2018 HARTFORD, CT — The House passed legislation Wednesday designed to improve the tracking of rape kits once they are tested. The bill passed unanimously in the House by a vote of 148-0; it passed earlier this week in the...
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MAY
01

Push for untested rape kit legislation in California

There is a bill in the Senate that would require all law enforcement to test rape kits. April 30, 2018 There's a new effort in the state to fix the backlog of untested rape kits. This is coming just days after the suspected Golden State Killer was arrested. According to Joyful Heart Foundation, there are an estimated 13,000 kits currently untested ...
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APR
26

Former Alaska trooper will chip away at rape kit backlog

The state has hired a sexual-assault cold-case investigator to assist in chipping away at the state's backlog of nearly 3,500 untested rape kits. April 26, 2018 FAIRBANKS — The state has hired a sexual-assault cold-case investigator to assist in chipping away at the state's backlog of nearly 3,500 untested rape kits. Retired Alaska State Trooper Sg...
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FEB
08

Rape Kit Tracking App Created To End Back Logging Of Rape Kits

A group of engineers are aiming to use their technology skills to tackle social problems. Feb 08, 2018 MONTGOMERY, AL -- (WTVY) A group of engineers are aiming to use their technology skills to tackle social problems. They hope to help end the back log of rape kits in the criminal justice system, by using an app. The idea is that victims of sexual ...
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JAN
17

Albuquerque mayor plans to address city’s rape kit backlog

Based on that figure, New Mexico led the nation in untested kits per capita. Enter Article DATE HERE ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller says he plans to issue an order for investigators to clear the backlog of untested rape kits in the city's crime lab. Keller is expected to detail his plans for the order at a press conferen...
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JAN
11

Cornyn bill to reduce national rape kit backlog signed into law

Cornyn's legislation increased the dollar amount spent on untested rape kits by 35 percent January 8, 2018 President Donald Trump signed a bill proposed by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) called the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Act -- which reauthorizes, strengthens, and extends the Sexual Assault Forensic Reporting program to he...
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NOV
29

Audit finds over 3,000 Alaskan rape kits not tested

According to Alaska DPS, a statewide inventory of untested sexual assault kits – dating back to the year 2000 – was performed as a result of SB-55, which passed in 2017. November 28, 2017 A recently released document shows 3,484 sexual assault kits (SAK), taken as evidence by law enforcement agencies, were not submitted for serological testing at a...
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NOV
09

Former Memphis police lieutenant testifies about negligence, cover-up in sex crimes unit

A former Memphis Police Lieutenant testified on Wednesday that detectives intentionally closed sexual assault cases without sending victim's rape kits out for testing or following up on leads first November MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Shocking new details are coming out of a lawsuit against the City of Memphis for the backlog of untested rape kits. A former ...
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OCT
24

Senate Passes Cornyn, Poe Bill to Fight Nationwide Rape Kit Backlog

Across the country, there are shelves full of untested rape kits, denying victims justice," said Rep. Poe. "In 2015, the DOJ estimated there were as many as 400,000 untested rape kits in the United States. October 24, 2016 U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and U.S. Representative Ted Poe (TX-02) released the following statements after their bipartisa...
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AUG
17

Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits On The Agenda When Lawmakers Return To State Capitol

Estimates suggest thousands of rape kits remain untested across California, containing DNA evidence from survivors of sexual assault. But the state does not require law enforcement agencies to track why or how many. April 17, 2017 California lawmakers will debate how to address a backlog of untested rape kits, when they return to work at the state ...
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JUN
14

New Texas Law Enables Comprehensive Rape Kit Reform

With the passage of a bill establishing a tracking system for evidence in sex assault cases, Texas has become the first state to implement comprehensive rape kit reforms. June 15, 2017 AUSTIN — With the passage of a bill establishing a tracking system for evidence in sex assault cases, Texas has become the first state to implement comprehensive rap...
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MAY
30

At least 175,000 rape kits are sitting in storage facilities around the country instead of being tested

More than 99 percent of perpetrators in rape cases don't see any jail time, and with a rape occurring every two minutes in America, that suggests a shocking number of unpunished perpetrators on the scene. May 14, 2017 A massive backlog of sexual assault kits that have yet to be tested could mean that thousands of potential serial rapists remain on ...
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APR
22

Indiana to conduct audit of untested sexual assault kits

Local officials said there are many reasons a kit may not have been tested, the most common being that the victim did not cooperate or declined to move forward with the case. April 22, 2017 INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana State Police plan to conduct an audit of untested sexual assault kits that may have lingered for years in evidence collection rooms acros...
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MAR
02

Manhattan DA Cy Vance says 70 arrests made across U.S. after old rape kits were examined


Vance's office committed $38 million in grants to 32 jurisdictions in 20 states across the U.S. starting in 2015 to eliminate backlogs of untested sexual assault evidence kits. March 2, 2017 Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. said Wednesday that efforts to eliminate national rape kit backlogs have led to 70 arrests in cold cases. Vance's offi...
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JAN
19

Rape Kit Backlog Testing to Finish This Year


More than 12,000 untested rape kits were discovered in evidence lockers and other places throughout the MPD in 2013. Some of the oldest kits dated back to 1976. January 17, 2017 The final, untested rape kits from the city's backlog of more than 12,000 should be sent to labs for review in a few months, Memphis City Council members were told Tuesday....
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NOV
16

Hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits


Testing of backlogged rape evidence leads to hundreds of convictions Enter Article DATE HERE Hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits, also known as sexual assault kits (SAKs), languish in evidence storage facilities across the U.S. This backlog denies justice to victims and allows rapists the opportunity to continue to harm others. Based o...
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NOV
12

Michigan's rape kit backlog increases over year as police complete 2,349 cases


The backlog of sexual assault kits at the beginning of Fiscal Year 2016 was 737 cases. That number increased to 1,177 a year later, as of Sept. 30, according to a recent Michigan State Police report to the legislature. November 12, 2016 The number of rape kits in Michigan's backlog is up compared to this time a year ago, as police worked to te...
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OCT
04

State gets $1.1 million to process backlogged rape kits


The state of Alaska has been awarded $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Justice to process a backlog of rape kits held by the Alaska State Troopers October 4, 2016 The state of Alaska has been awarded $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Justice to process a backlog of rape kits held by the Alaska State Troopers. Amanda Price, a senior ad...
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