The Backlog:

Massachusetts

We do not know the extent of the backlog in Massachusetts. Like most states, Massachusetts does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits. In fact, just three states do—Colorado, Illinois and Texas—and because of the reforms these states have implemented, we now have a more accurate picture of the backlog there. This can happen in Massachusetts, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

In January 2015, legislation was introduced that would require law enforcement to collect and deliver a rape kit from the hospital to crime lab within 24 hours, and would establish a statewide rape kit tracking system with notification rights to victims.

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