As reported by Corvallis Police in February 2016
Corvallis is one of the cities where we are using public records requests to uncover the number of untested rape kits in police storage as part of The Accountability Project.
Through our efforts, we have learned that the Corvallis Police Department received 127 rape kits into evidence from 2005 to 2015, and retained 86 untested kits in police storage. Following our records request, 20 of these 86 have been submitted to the lab for testing, and 38 are anonymous kits (in which a survivor has chosen not to report the assault to the police). As of February 2016, the Corvallis Police Department reported 28 untested, non-anonymous kits. To learn more about our process, click here.
Right now, we do not know the full extent of the national rape kit backlog because few states require law enforcement agencies to count, track, or test rape kits. The Accountability Project aims to bring greater transparency and accountability to rape kit testing practices across the country.
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