South Carolina

Backlog Snapshot

South Carolina
Untested Kits:

Unknown

Testing:

Unknown

Does South Carolina...
Inventory untested rape kits?
No statewide inventory.
Test backlogged rape kits?
Legislation pending.
Test newly collected rape kits?
Legislation pending.
Grant victims rights to notice and be informed?
No.
Track rape kits?
Legislation pending.
Appropriate funding for rape kit reform?
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 2006 and 2015. As of October 2016, CPD reported 88 untested kits. 

In 2018, legislators introduced a bill that would mandate the submission and testing of all backlogged rape kits, submission and testing of all newly collected rape kits, and creation of a statewide tracking system, which must offer secure electronic access for victims.

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