Massive backlog of sexual assault kits shows justice system failing rape victims

A sexual assault is a hugely traumatic experience. Sadly, it’s an experience shared by an estimated 1 in 6 Americans—mostly women. The aftermath of a rape or sexual assault can be nearly as traumatic as the event itself. Completing a sexual assault forensic exam (or “rape kit”) can be very difficult. Victims are instructed to… Learn More »

Oregon has a backlog of 5,000 untested sexual assault kits- and it’s a huge problem

Reporting a sexual assault can be nearly as traumatic as the event itself. Victims are advised to seek immediate medical help. They spend hours after the assault at the hospital, completing an invasive medical examination and a sexual assault kit (commonly known as a rape kit). The rape kit is sent to police. Earlier this… Learn More »