The Backlog:

Oregon

We do not currently know the full size of the rape kit backlog in Oregon, although the Oregon State Police is currently conducting a statewide audit of unprocessed sexual assault kits. As of September 2015, a total of 5,652 untested kits were reported. Legislation recently passed will require a statewide audit, testing guidelines and victim notification policies.

The Oregon State Police's ongoing statewide audit has revealed a total of 5,652 untested kits so far: 4,902 untested kits from named victims and 750 kits from anonymous victims. Some of these kits date back to 1983.

In September 2015, the City of Portland and Multnomah County District Attorney's Office were awarded funding to address their backlogs by the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, respectively.

In 2016, the Oregon House and Senate passed SB-1571, which establishes an annual statewide audit of untested rape kits and requires law enforcement agencies to establish guidelines and time limits for collecting and submitting kits for analysis. It also establishes policies around victim notification. The bill now awaits Governor Brown's signature.

If passed, Oregon would join a growing number of states all across the country making real reforms to end the backlog. 

Join us and take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

  • Backlog Status

Count
Partially Counted
Testing
In Testing
Resolved
Not Cleared
Size
5,652*

*As reported by the Oregon State Police in September 2015.

  • Reform Status

Tracking Testing Victim Notification
No Known Reform
Reform in Progress
Partial Reform
Complete Reform
  • Additional Information

Through The Accountability Project, we have discovered a backlog of 1,931 untested kits in Portland and are using public records requests to bring the number of untested kits in Corvallis and Eugene to light.

Additionally, the Bend Police Department revealed that they have 113 untested rape kits that date back to 2000.

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