Oregon

Backlog Snapshot

Oregon
Untested Kits:

4,902*

Testing:

In Progress

Does Oregon law require...
An Audit of Untested Rape Kits?

Yes – Annual

Tracking of Rape Kits?

No

Testing of all backlogged rape kits?

No

Testing of all rape kits in the future?

Yes

Victims to be notified of the status of their cases?

Yes

Funding for testing kits?

No

*Preliminary count from ongoing 2015 audit, as reported by the Oregon State Police

Learn more about how we track reform

The extent of the untested rape kit backlog in Oregon is unknown. However, the Oregon State Police is currently conducting an audit of untested rape kits. As of September 2015, a preliminary report announced 4,902 untested kits across the state. Oregon law does not require law enforcement agencies to track rape kits.

In 2014, The Accountability Project issued an open records request to bring the number of untested rape kits in Portland to light. Through this request, we uncovered a backlog of 1,931 untested kits in Portland. In 2015, we issued open records requests in Corvallis and Eugene. To date, we have not received complete responses to these requests. 

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office awarded the City of Portland $1,189,790 and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office $1,995,453 to test kits, investigate and prosecute cases, and re-engage survivors.

In 2016, the BJA awarded the City of Portland an additional $1,000,000 to sustain this work. In the same year, the U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice awarded the Oregon State Police $1,040,188 to implement an evidence management program to inventory, track, and report untested and unsubmitted rape kits. 

In 2016, Oregon enacted a law establishing an annual audit of untested rape kits. The law also requires law enforcement agencies to establish guidelines for collecting and submitting kits for analysis. The guidelines must require law enforcement to pick up newly collected kits from medical facilities within 7 days and submit kits for testing within 14 days. 

The 2016 law also mandates each agency to adopt policies that ensure survivors receive information about the status of their rape kit, including the location, testing date, testing results, and estimated destruction date of each kit. Each agency must designate one person within the agency to receive all telephone inquiries about rape kits and each inquiry must be responded to within 30 days.

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