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Rape Kit Backlog

How Many Of The Hundreds of Thousands Of Untested Rape Kits In The US Are In Your City?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 11.19.2014 | Crime
Soraya Chemaly

Seventeen states have introduced measures addressing backlogs. What about the others? Has your state or city take any action? Does your police department even know how many untested kits exist?

Thousands of Rapists Are Not Behind Bars Because Cops Focus on Marijuana Users

Bill Piper | Posted 08.17.2014 | Crime
Bill Piper

A piece in the Washington Post highlights the growing backlog of untested rape test kits that are sitting in police storage units while rapists run free and victims suffer. Missing from the story, however, is one of the biggest contributors to this backlog.

Laura Bassett

House Boosts Funding For Untested Rape Kits | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

The White House proposed a budget this year that would provide $36 million in funding to help law enforcement officials process the nation's massive b...

Did Mariska Hargitay Help Catch A Real-Life Rapist?

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 03.11.2014 | TV

It's no news that "Law & Order: SVU" star Mariska Hargitay fights for survivors of sexual assault in real life. The Joyful Heart Foundation, which she...

Wayne County Must Put Safety of Its Communities First

Sarah Tofte | Posted 08.07.2013 | Detroit
Sarah Tofte

Every other week, I sit in meetings with our team in Detroit, and hear about the incredible investigative leads we are gathering from rape kit testing, and the enthusiasm of the police and prosecutors to pursue those leads. The only thing stopping them is the money they need to do their jobs.


Mariska Hargitay | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Mariska Hargitay

Despite the progress we as a nation have made in the movement to end sexual violence, including the recent passage of a more inclusive Violence Against Women Act, much work remains to be done.

ELIMINATED: LAPD's Rape Kit Backlog

2011-04-04-tcmhuffpo.jpg | Alice M. Walton | Posted 06.28.2011 | Los Angeles

Story comes courtesy of The City Maven. By Alice M. Walton The Los Angeles Police Department’s backlog of 6,132 untested sexual assault eviden...

I Am Pure Joy

Alanna Zabel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alanna Zabel

Having a compassionate witness is crucial in the processing and release of the victim's pain, and it is extremely difficult to heal without this witness.

LAPD's Rape Kit Backlog Eliminated

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Police Department has eliminated its historical backlog of untested evidence kits collected after sexual assaults. Cap...

Women: A Year in Review

Christine Bork | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christine Bork

On both a national and local level, women reached historic milestones in public office -- but of all the candidates currently running for mayor of Chicago, only one is a woman.

Ending the Backlog

Neal Baer, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Neal Baer, M.D.

By failing to test these rape kits, we are telling victims that pursuing justice doesn't matter, that convicting violent perpetrators and taking them off our streets is not a top priority.

For Rape Victims, a Dead End on Justice

Sarah Tofte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Sarah Tofte

The vast majority of DNA evidence collected from rape victims in Illinois is never tested. This backlog is symptomatic of an overall failure by the criminal justice system to respond to sexual assault.

On the Road to Justice

Sarah Tofte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sarah Tofte

Illinois could soon become an unexpected champion of justice for a group too often ignored by police and politicians - rape victims. While popular tel...

The Rapist In The Freezer

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

A majority of the 400,000 untested, backlogged rape kits are orphaned tests. They've remained on ice, depriving detectives of the most important clue.