Backlogs of untested rape kits have been an issue across the U.S. In September, federal officials said an estimated 70,000 rape kits sit in laboratories and evidence collection rooms across the country,
These kits are absolutely essential to matching DNA to suspects. Without them, convictions are often impossible, but more fundamentally, finding the culprit is impossible.
In what might be one of the most disturbing stories about police indifference, as well as dereliction of duty, reports continue to leak about untested rape kits. It might just be every rape-victim’s worst fear: police receive the rape kit evidence from medical professionals, but instead of doing anything with them, they file them away in