Where the Backlog Exists and What's Happening to End It

It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of rape kits sit untested in police and crime lab storage facilities across the country. To date, over 200,000 untested rape kits have been uncovered, 39,000 of which were revealed through The Accountability Project. Each kit represents a survivor who underwent the lengthy and invasive rape kit exam and reported the rape to the police. So why have so many gone untested? Because for too long, the value of rape kit testing has not been fully understood, and adequate resources have not been allocated. And right now, there is still more we do not know about the backlog than we do know. But things are changing. Reform is happening. 

Explore what we know, what’s happening where you live, and how you can be part of the change.

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Vermont

Vermont
size

Untested Kits

Unknown

status

Testing Status

Unknown

reform

Reform Status

Limited Statewide Reform Enacted

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New Mexico

New Mexico
size

Untested Kits

5,302*

status

Testing Status

Unknown

reform

Reform Status

Limited Statewide Reform Enacted

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Stockton

Stockton
size

Untested Kits

Unknown

status

Testing Status

Unknown

reform

Reform Status

X

Shasta County

Shasta County
size

Untested Kits

Unknown

status

Testing Status

Unknown

reform

Reform Status

X

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz
size

Untested Kits

Unknown

status

Testing Status

Unknown

reform

Reform Status

X

San Bernardino

San Bernardino
size

Untested Kits

Unknown

status

Testing Status

Unknown

reform

Reform Status

X

Redding

Redding
size

Untested Kits

Unknown

status

Testing Status

Unknown

reform

Reform Status

X

Oxnard

Oxnard
size

Untested Kits

Unknown

status

Testing Status

Unknown

reform

Reform Status

X

Long Beach

Long Beach
size

Untested Kits

Unknown

status

Testing Status

Unknown

reform

Reform Status

X

Bakersfield

Bakersfield
size

Untested Kits

Unknown

status

Testing Status

Unknown

reform

Reform Status

X

Urbana

Urbana
size

Untested Kits

16*

status

Testing Status

In Progress

reform

Reform Status

X

Tennessee Crime Lab

Tennessee Crime Lab
size

Untested Kits

Unknown

status

Testing Status

In Progress

reform

Reform Status

X

Rhode Island Forensic Biology Lab

Rhode Island Forensic Biology Lab
size

Untested Kits

6*

status

Testing Status

In Progress

reform

Reform Status

Backlog News & Events for Rhode Island Forensic Biology Lab
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Bismarck

Bismarck
size

Untested Kits

Unknown

status

Testing Status

Unknown

reform

Reform Status

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Camden

Camden
size

Untested Kits

Unknown

status

Testing Status

Unknown

reform

Reform Status

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Atlantic City

Atlantic City
size

Untested Kits

Unknown

status

Testing Status

Unknown

reform

Reform Status

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No Statewide Reform Statewide Reform Proposed
Statewide Audit Completed Limited Statewide Reform Enacted
Comprehensive Statewide Reform Enacted Spotlight Cities

Learn more about how we track statewide reform

These locations are part of The Accountability Project, our project to bring greater transparency and accountability around rape kit testing practices nationwide.

Location Name Untested Kitssort descending Testing Status Reform Status
  Wyoming Unknown Unknown No Statewide Reform  
  Washington DC Unknown Unknown Statewide Reform Proposed  
  Maine Unknown Unknown Statewide Reform Proposed  
  Oklahoma Counting in Progress Unknown Statewide Audit Completed  
  Alabama Unknown In Progress No Statewide Reform  
  Massachusetts Unknown Unknown Statewide Reform Proposed  
  Michigan Unknown In Progress Limited Statewide Reform Enacted  
  Rhode Island Unknown Unknown No Statewide Reform  
  South Carolina Unknown Unknown No Statewide Reform  
  Mississippi Unknown Unknown No Statewide Reform  
  Missouri Counting in Progress In Progress No Statewide Reform  
  Nebraska Unknown Unknown No Statewide Reform  
  Vermont Unknown Unknown Limited Statewide Reform Enacted  
  New Hampshire Unknown Unknown No Statewide Reform  
  Illinois Unknown In Progress Limited Statewide Reform Enacted  
  New Jersey Unknown Unknown Statewide Reform Proposed  
  Kentucky 0 In Progress Limited Statewide Reform Enacted  
  South Dakota 350 Unknown Limited Statewide Reform Enacted  
  North Dakota 500 In Progress No Statewide Reform  
  Ohio 786 In Progress Limited Statewide Reform Enacted  
  Connecticut 879 In Progress Limited Statewide Reform Enacted  
  North Carolina 1,019 In Progress Statewide Audit Completed  
  Delaware 1,033 In Progress Statewide Audit Completed  
  Idaho 1,116 Unknown Limited Statewide Reform Enacted  
  Louisiana 1,133 In Progress Statewide Audit Completed  
  Pennsylvania 1,214 In Progress Limited Statewide Reform Enacted  
  Montana 1,410 Unknown No Statewide Reform  
  Hawaii 1,951 Unknown Limited Statewide Reform Enacted  
  New York 1,981 In Progress Statewide Reform Proposed  
  Texas 2,138 In Progress Comprehensive Statewide Reform Enacted  
  Arkansas 2,217 In Progress Statewide Audit Completed  
  Kansas 2,220 In Progress Statewide Audit Completed  
  Virginia 2,369 In Progress Limited Statewide Reform Enacted  
  West Virginia 2,400 In Progress No Statewide Reform  
  Utah 2,700 In Progress Limited Statewide Reform Enacted  
  Minnesota 3,482 In Progress Statewide Audit Completed  
  Alaska 3,484 In Progress Statewide Audit Completed  
  Colorado 3,542 Completed Limited Statewide Reform Enacted  
  Maryland 3,700 Unknown Limited Statewide Reform Enacted  
  Iowa 4,265 Unknown Statewide Audit Completed  
  Oregon 4,902 In Progress Limited Statewide Reform Enacted  
  Indiana 4,980 Unknown No Statewide Reform  
  New Mexico 5,302 Unknown Limited Statewide Reform Enacted  
  Washington 6,000 In Progress Limited Statewide Reform Enacted  
  Wisconsin 6,391 In Progress Statewide Reform Proposed  
  Arizona 6,424 In Progress Limited Statewide Reform Enacted  
  Nevada 8,000 In Progress Limited Statewide Reform Enacted  
  Tennessee 9,062 In Progress Limited Statewide Reform Enacted  
  Georgia 10,314 In Progress Limited Statewide Reform Enacted  
  Florida 13,435 In Progress Limited Statewide Reform Enacted  
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