The Backlog:

Salt Lake City

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, of 1,001 sexual assault investigations that occurred between 2003 to 2011, the Salt Lake City Police Department did not send 788 rape kits—nearly 79%—to the state crime lab for testing. As many as 163 rape kits collected during that time period were destroyed before being tested. 

Beginning on June 1, 2014, the Department will post general information about the status of each backlogged rape kit on its website. This information does not include names of survivors or perpetrators or any other specific details. The website only states why each kit remained untested and whether testing is now recommended. Of the first 20 cases posted, detectives recommended testing the rape kit in only one case. 

To prevent an additional backlog at the state crime lab, the Police Department is looking to hire a private lab to process previously untested kits. 

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