The majority of sexual assault and victims’ rights organizations around the United States support universal testing of rape kits. They have spoken for themselves, and we must now listen. What happens next?
A recent examination of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) revealed that five seasoned detectives of the Special Victims Section failed to pursue over 800 sex crime cases between 2011 and 2013.
We often hear a variety of reasons why all kits should not be tested. A recent explanation, however, was one we had not heard before. In listing instances in which kits were not sent for testing, documents from one department stated, “No male suspect.” Upon further investigation, we learned this notation meant the case was “a female on female sex crime.”
The Salt Lake City Police Department recently launched the “Code R Kit Project” to review the more than 700 untested rape kits in its custody, the oldest kit being from 1987.