Rape Kit Test Backlog an 'Outrage'

"We're sorry, absolutely embarrassed by this whole issue," LAPD Commander Patrick Gannon said. "It is my responsibility and the responsibility of the Los Angeles Police Department to ensure that we get a handle on this, that we get every kit, to ensure that every kit is analyzed."

Eliminating the backlog of rape kits has been proven to lead to arrests. For example New York City faced a backlog of 17,000 untested kits. After police analyzed the rape kits they had collected, they were able to put 140 rapists behind bars.

For information about reducing the risk of sexual assault and for other important resources visit the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) Web site.

RAINN also provides information about how to preserve DNA evidence following an assault. Click HERE to read more.

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