The Backlog:


In January and February 2015, two sets of legislation to address the rape kit backlog were introduced. SB-302 would mandate the statewide audit of untested sexual assault kits, and HB-272 would require law enforcement to collect sexual assault kits from the health care provider within 72 hours of receiving notice and to submit that evidence to a laboratory within 15 days of receiving the kit, and would also require the lab to complete testing within six months from date of the receipt. In June, HB-272 passed the House and the Senate, and now awaits the Governor's signature.

We do not know the extent of the backlog in Pennsylvania. Like most states, Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

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Through The Accountability Project, we are using public records requests to bring the number of untested kits in Philadelphia to light.

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