"To me, the backlog is one of the clearest and most shocking demonstrations of how we regard these crimes in our society. Testing rape kits sends a fundamental and crucial message to victims of sexual violence: You matter. What happened to you matters. Your case matters. For that reason, The Joyful Heart Foundation, which I founded in 2004, has made ending the rape kit backlog our #1 advocacy priority." - Mariska Hargitay Every two minutes, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States…
What Is a Rape Kit and Rape Kit Exam?
Every 98 seconds, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States. In the immediate aftermath of a sexual assault, a victim may choose—or may be asked—to undergo a forensic examination to collect any evidence left behind in the assault. A doctor or nurse will conduct the four- to six-hour examination, and will preserve this evidence in a sexual assault evidence collection kit, commonly referred to as a rape kit. If a survivor chooses to report the rape to the police, the evidence in…
What's In A Rape Kit?
An 11-year Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner walks us through the contents of a rape kit and the steps of the evidence-collection process.
What Is Involved in a Rape Kit in California?
A rape kit, also known as a sexual assault forensic exam, doesn’t have to be a mystery. The Los Angeles sexual assault attorneys at Taylor & Ring explain.
What We’re Doing To Clear The Rape Kit Backlog
Governor Ducey has made it clear since day one that public safety is a top priority. That includes clearing the backlog of untested rape kits in our state, an injustice for which there is no excuse.
Texas man indicted for allegedly raping teenager more than 100 times
TYLER, Texas (KETK) — A Tyler man has been indicted for allegedly raping a then-teenage girl more than 100 times over a period of four years, according to an arrest warrant obtained by KETK N…
Michigan's new rape kit tracking system: What it means for survivors
The outcome is a new statewide Internet-based sexual assault kit tracking system, called Track-Kit, will roll out in phases through the summer of 2019.
10% of recently tested rape kits reveal matches
Some question if rapes could have been prevented if kits were tested earlier
Tyler man indicted for allegedly raping teenager more than 100 times
TYLER, Texas (KETK) – A Tyler man has been indicted for allegedly raping a then-teenage girl more than 100 times over a period of four years, according to an arrest warrant obtained by KETK N…
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis officials say they have discovered the city has roughly 1,700 rape kits that have never been tested, with some dating back 30 years.
DIY rape kits face scrutiny
New kits allow sexual assault victims to collect evidence if they can’t or won’t go to a hospital, but legal concerns could keep them off the market.
10 Crucial Facts About Rape Kits
It's that time of the year again. The one where we have to say out loud that facts are empirically verifiable things that make sentences true. Even when ...
Rape Kits 101
Sexual assault forensic evidence is collected through an exam called a rape kit. Cristen walks through the examination and other steps survivors can take aft...
Why police have destroyed rape kits
CNN's exclusive investigation, "Destroyed," reveals police across the country have destroyed hundreds of rape kits -- many untested -- before the statute of limitations expired.
Why At-Home Rape Kits Should Be Avoided
DIY rape kits won’t help survivors, and may actually lead to fewer arrests. Contact Taylor & Ring in Los Angeles to speak with an attorney in a confidential consultation.
Why would police destroy a child's rape kit?
After examining documents tied to nearly 200 cases in which the rape kits of minors were destroyed, we were appalled to see that in some cases the destruction of this evidence occurred before the statute of limitations expired and that there appeared to be no protocol for preserving the rape kits of victims who were children and teenagers.
What happened to Detroit's untested rape kits?
Since thousands of untested rape kits were found in 2009, there's been a nonstop effort to raise money to process them.
HPD Working on Completing Untested Rape Kits
The Honolulu Police Department is working to complete untested rape kits.
Rape Kits: A Conversation Featuring Your Questions and Concerns
Since the Department of Justice’s inventory, WFMY News 2's Meghann Mollerus learned only a fraction of kits have gone out for testing.
Best way to help rape victims? Test every rape kit
It wasn’t the legacy that Bill Cosby had hoped for, but it’s the one he might end up with anyway.