“Two weeks after a deadline for local police departments to count their untested rape kits and report back to the state, fewer than five percent of the agencies in the state delivered their totals to the Texas Department of Public Safety, as required by a new state law.”
The Natasha’s Justice Project team has been told from our inception that the backlog numbers would be difficult to obtain. We’re often met with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that can make the process of getting information on rape kits in a particular municipality very time-consuming but we’re persevering.
What’s interesting about this article is that of the agencies that reported in Texas, which was fewer than five percent, there was a backlog of nearly 5,500 rape kits. This tragedy is very real and we’re not stopping until each kit has been tested and policy and procedures are in place to see that this problem doesn’t happen again.