The Backlog:


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. In fact, just three states do—Colorado, Illinois and Texas—and because of the reforms that these states have implemented, we now have a more accurate picture of the backlog there. This can happen in Pennsylvania, too. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

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 April, HB-272 passed the House, and now awaits action from the Senate.

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