BY Claire Filipek
on Mar 20, 2014
Recently, the Detroit Wayne County Prosecutor's Office sifted through a backlog of some 1,600 long-shelved rape kits — and the results of the study are eye-opening. Through matching DNA samples, the Prosecutor's office identified 100 likely serial rapists in the area. That means that DNA from about 100 offenders in Detroit alone could match that from other rape cases throughout the country.
Horribly, this is just the tip of the iceberg — officials have only tested 1,600 of the 11,000 backlogged kits. Some date as far back as the 1980s. Read More
BY Mary Grace Garis
on Aug 06, 2013
If you’re looking for good (well, good-ish) news for women in Texas, here’s something. Thanks to an 11 million dollar budget appropriation for the Texas Department of Public Safety, thousands of untested rape kits can finally be analyzed
Which is cool, for a second, until you do a double-take on that line: thousands of untested rape kits.
So this triumph is sort of marred by the fact that there was a severe backlog for so many years. The guestimate is somewhere between 16,000 and 20,000 untested rape kits. Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Mar 15, 2013
The Emmy Award-winning actress and philanthropist (and star of one of my favorite TV shows of all time, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) Mariska Hargitay has been involved with charities for years now. She founded the Joyful Heart Foundation for survivors of sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence and campaigned for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. As a part of NO MORE Day on Wednesday, she spoke at the National Press Club about sexual assault, domestic violence, and the rape kit backlog which is allowing rapists to get away with their crimes. Read More