Vermont

Backlog Snapshot

Vermont
Untested Kits:

Unknown

Testing:

Unknown

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

No

Tracking of Rape Kits?

No

Testing of all backlogged rape kits?

No

Testing of all rape kits in the future?

No

Victims to be notified of the status of their cases?

Yes

Funding for testing kits?

No

The extent of the untested rape kit backlog in Vermont is unknown. Vermont law does not require law enforcement agencies to count, track, or test rape kits. 

In 2017, Vermont enacted a law granting sexual assault survivors the right to have their kits delivered to the lab within 72 hours of collection, the right to information about the testing status of their kits, and the right to notice in advance of planned kit destruction. Legislators also introduced a bill to study the feasibility of a statewide tracking system for rape kits, but this bill failed to pass. In the same year, the state also enacted a law establishing the Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Study Committee, which will evaluate existing practices for tracking rape kits and study the feasibility of developing a statewide tracking system. 

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