South Carolina

Backlog Snapshot

South Carolina
Untested Kits:

Unknown

Testing:

Unknown

Does South Carolina law require...
An Audit of Untested Rape Kits?

No

Tracking of Rape Kits?

Proposed

Testing of all backlogged rape kits?

No

Testing of all rape kits in the future?

No

Victims to be notified of the status of their cases?

No

Funding for testing kits?

No

The extent of the untested rape kit backlog in South Carolina is unknown. South Carolina law does not require law enforcement agencies to count, track, or test rape kits. 

In 2015, The Accountability Project issued an open records request to bring the number of untested kits in Charleston to light. Through our efforts, we have learned that the Charleston Police Department submitted 76% of all rape kits received between 2206 and 2015. As of October 2016, CPD reported 88 untested kits. 

In 2017, South Carolina legislators introduced a bill that would create a statewide sexual assault kit tracking system, which must enable sexual assault survivors to anonymously track or receive updates regarding the status of their kits.

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