California Moves to End Rape Kit Backlog

DNA MarkersWhen someone is raped and wants the perpetrator caught and prosecuted, it’s essential that the victim provide forensic evidence of the assault to law enforcement. A “rape kit” is the collection of biological evidence that can lead to an identification of the perpetrator’s DNA. But tragically, rape kits are not always tested in a timely manner or at all. With 400,000 of these kits believed to be in storage units and untested nationally, there is an urgent need to pass legislation to end these practices. Very few states have done so.