The Backlog:


In June 2015, Governor Jack Markell signed legislation that will improve handling of sexual assault cases. The legislation mandates the Department of Justice to oversee a statewide audit of all untested sexual assault kits, and also aims to improve rights of sexual violence victims through requiring law enforcement to receive victim-centered and trauma informed training.

In September 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance announced the Executive Office of the Governor of Delaware was awarded $1,168,662 in funding to address its backlog through testing kits, investigating and prosecuting cases, and re-engaging victims.

While this law and funding will allow us to have a more accurate picture of the backlog in Delaware, the legislature must take additional steps to provide survivors with greater access to justice, including requiring the testing of all rape kits booked into evidence. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

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