There Are 400,000 Unprocessed Rape Kits in the U.S. How Can This Be?

Actress Mariska Hargitay is producing a documentary about America’s rape kit backlog.


“Nora Caplan-Bricker of the New Republic notes:


After New York City processed its 17,000-kit backlog in 2001, the arrest rate for rape cases jumped from 40 percent to 70 percent, reports Erin Delmore at MSNBC. In Ohio, going through 4,000 kits led to 58 cases, and in Detroit, where an 11,000-kit backlog remains, analyzing the first 10 percent of kits led law enforcement to 46 serial rapists.”

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