#31: The Rape Kit Testing Backlog is Worse Than You Think


When a sexual assault occurs, police encourage the victim to complete a “rape kit” – a standardized procedure to collect evidence needed to find and prosecute the assailant.  But instead of rapid usage of this evidence, tens of thousands of the completed kits still sit in police warehouses – untested and waiting.  

Dr. Kelly Walsh, forensic scientist at the Urban Institute, helps us understand what behind the huge failure that is the rape kit backlog, and she helps us understand what to do about it.