The Backlog:


We do not know the extent of the backlog in Hawai‘i. Like most states, Hawai‘i does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits, making it difficult to know the extent of the rape kit backlog here. However a growing number of states, all across the country, are making real reforms to end the backlog. This can happen in Hawai‘i, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

In January 2015, legislation was introduced that would require the Department of the Attorney General to administer a sexual assault response and training program. The legislation would also require health care providers and other sexual assault kit collectors to submit evidence to a law enforcement agency within 72 hours of collection, requires law enforcement agencies to submit evidence for testing within 14 days of receipt, and requires a testing agency to analyze evidence for DNA within 90 days of receipt. The Hawai‘i legislature adjourned for the 2015 session without passing this legislation.

  • Backlog Status

Testing Status Unknown

*Currently, there is no statewide number, and reporting is limited to this May 2011 article

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