Test Rape Kits. Stop Serial Rapists.

Cleveland, Detroit and Memphis are all cities that discovered backlogs of untested rape kits. Testing these rape kits has resulted in the identification of more than 1,200 potential serial rapists.

The Ohio Supreme Court Just Delivered a Major Ruling Affecting Survivors and the Rape Kit Backlog

Today, the Ohio Supreme Court ensures a path to justice and healing remains open for survivors affected by the rape kit backlog.

Interview with Rick Bell: Pt. 3

In our final part of his interview, Rick talks about how Cuyahoga County is moving forward to address their backlog, and how they’re collaborating with other cities that are doing the same.

Cold Case Convictions: Cleveland

In Cleveland, five cold cases involving two perpetrators have been solved as a result of DNA evidence found in previously untested rape kits.

Experts Explain Why Testing Every Kit Matters

We sometimes hear from jurisdictions that they don’t consider the untested rape kits in their storage facilities to be part of a backlog—that officials actively chose not to test those kits. These jurisdictions fail to see the value of testing every kit booked into evidence, particularly when the identity of the perpetrator is known.

Cold Case Convictions: Cuyahoga County

Cleveland, which is located in Cuyahoga County, has been leading the way in securing cold case convictions after submitting nearly 4,000 backlogged rape kits for testing as part of Ohio's Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative.

Cold Case Convictions: Rape Kit Testing Leads to Convictions Decades Later

Our new series, Cold Case Convictions, begins, highlighting the consequences in allowing rape kits to remain untested, as well as the value DNA evidence has for bringing justice to victims of sexual assault.

An Interview with Rachel Dissell and Leila Atassi

Their investigative work with the Cleveland Plain Dealer has explored each facet of the criminal justice response to sexual violence—from rape kit testing to victim re-engagement to prosecution. Read our interview with them.

1,104 DNA Hits Generated in Ohio’s Continued Rape Kit Backlog Progress

Since Ohio's rape kit testing initiative began in 2011, 125 agencies have submitted 6,437 kits—about half of which have been tested.

Considering the Rape Kit Backlog in Ohio

As NPR reported this week, "rape kits give evidence to victims' stories." Law enforcement must count, track and test the kits in their evidence rooms—they must believe and honor survivors' decisions to participate in the criminal justice process.

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