Vermont

Backlog Snapshot

Vermont
Untested Kits:

58*

Testing:

Unknown

Does Vermont...
Inventory untested rape kits?
No statewide inventory.
Test backlogged rape kits?
No, the state has not committed to testing.
Test newly collected rape kits?
No, the state has not mandated testing.
Grant victims rights to notice and be informed?
Yes.
Track rape kits?
No tracking system exists.
Appropriate funding for rape kit reform?
No.

*Identified as unaccounted for between 2012 and 2017, according to a  Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Study Committee report published in November 2017.

Learn more about how we track reform

In 2017, Vermont enacted a law granting sexual assault survivors the right to have their kits delivered to the lab within 72 hours of collection, the right to information about the testing status of their kits, and the right to notice in advance of planned kit destruction. In the same year, the state also enacted a law establishing the Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Study Committee, which will evaluate existing practices for tracking rape kits and study the feasibility of developing a statewide tracking system. In a November 2017 initial report, the Study Committee identified 58 kits as unaccounted for between 2012 and 2017. In the final report, released in December, the Study Committee formally recommended the state adopt an electronic, statewide system for tracking rape kits at hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and the state crime lab.

Vermont law does not require law enforcement agencies to count, track, or test rape kits. 

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