The Backlog:


In January 2015, legislation was introduced that would require law enforcement to collect and deliver a rape kit from the hospital to crime lab within 24 hours, and would establish a statewide rape kit tracking system with notification rights to victims.

We do not know the extent of the backlog in Massachusetts. Like most states, Massachusetts does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits, making it difficult to know the extent of the rape kit backlog here. However a growing number of states, all across the country, are making real reforms to end the backlog. This can happen in Massachusetts, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

  • Backlog Status

Testing Status Unknown
  • Reform Status

Tracking Testing Victim Notification
No Known Reform
Reform in Progress
Partial Reform
Complete Reform
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Through The Accountability Project, we are using public records requests to bring the number of untested kits in Boston to light.

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