In the past, the federal government estimated that there were hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits in police and crime lab storage facilities throughout the country. But right now, there is more we do not know about the backlog than we do know. Few state governments and no federal agencies track rape kit data.
For that reason, we have undertaken a new project to bring greater transparency and accountability around rape kit testing practices nationwide. The goal of The Accountability Project is to uncover whether there are rape kit backlogs in cities across the country.
Use the map below to find information on:
- the size and status of the backlog;
- reforms around rape kit tracking and testing, and the victim notification process;
- local and national rape kit backlog news; and more.
Use the buttons above the map to toggle between the city view and state view. When you click into a location, you'll see a snapshot of the backlog and recent news—click the SEE MORE button for even more details. You can also click on the jurisdiction in the chart below for further details. We hope that you will use this map to learn more about the backlog in your area and nationwide and call on our elected officials for much-needed reforms.