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Join our project to understand - and end - the extent of the rape kit backlog

Thousands upon thousands of sexual assault evidence collection kits have gone untested and the crimes perpetrators unpunished. MuckRock is starting a crowdsourced effort to understand the extent of the problem in cities and towns across the country.

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Despite growing backlogs, no national standard for sexual assault evidence collection

There are an estimated 175 thousand sexual assault evidence collection kits that sit untested in evidence rooms and crime labs across the country. But after asking each state and Washington, D.C. for policies regarding the “collection, maintenance, transfer, and disposal” of these kits, what few responses we did receive were disturbingly inconsistent.

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