DNA is one of the most powerful tools we have to solve and prevent crime.
By analyzing the samples collected in a rape kit, forensic scientists can develop a DNA profile that is unique to the perpetrator. That DNA profile can then be compared to a database with thousands of other DNA profiles from known offenders and from unsolved crime scenes. This process can both identify an unknown perpetrator and link a suspect to other crimes.
To accomplish these things, however, rape kits must be tested.
In the United States, it is estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of untested kits in police and crime lab storage facilities simply waiting to be tested. Each kit represents a survivor who courageously submitted to the four to six-hour rape kit collection process and reported the rape to the police. Many of these survivors never receive any follow-up information after filing the police report.