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Alaska takes steps to address its rape kit backlog

Alaska takes steps to address its rape kit backlog

Although our reporting on the rape kit backlog is often bleak, there is some good news - lawmakers in Alaska are taking a step in the right direction by adding $2.75 million to the budget for the testing of every backlogged kit.

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Fairbanks, the third “Most Dangerous U.S. City for Women,” wants to charge $15,000 for rape kit data

Fairbanks, the third “Most Dangerous U.S. City for Women,” wants to charge $15,000 for rape kit data

When we were hit with an estimated $5,000 fee for rape kit data and collection policies from Biloxi, Mississippi, we were stunned. Fees this large carry a sense of deterrence, and, with Biloxi’s rate of sexual assault being significantly above the national average, we couldn’t help but wonder if they were trying to hide something. As it turns out, Biloxi’s fee was neither an outlier nor the most expensive we’d see - Fairbanks, Alaska, which sits at number three on Forbes Magazine’s list of “Most Dangerous U.S. Cities for Women,” said their data and policies will cost us $15,000.

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