Kansas’ delay of up to 2200 untested rape kits to be almost eliminated: officials

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Kansas law enforcement agencies are close to the elimination of a backlog of 2,200 non-sexual assault kits, some three decades old, authorities announced on Thursday.

Agencies have have have been for 2,000 of the kits to be tested by forensic labs-and the remaining 200 are to be launched by the end of the month, and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, he said. In 2015, the state will receive a $2 million federal grant to address the enormous backlog.

That deficit has been generated from the police department’s practices, which saw the departments estimate of the kits, and dropped the case-by-case provisions, which are to be sent to forensic labs for testing. Other kits are now being collected by the state go directly to the laboratory for testing.


Of the kits tested, with a total of 373 biological profiles of the pieces of evidence were entered into a computerized DNA database, and 243 hits to be useful in order to law enforcement agencies if they have a pastor lead in a case of child sexual abuse investigations. In two of the cases associated with the test packets have been successfully prosecuted, and one third resulted in an acquittal, the officials said.

The agency also announced that it’s launching a television and digital advertising campaign to create greater public awareness about sexual violence and to end the stigma of “rape culture.” This is due to the federal government.

In addition, there are more than 1,300 American professionals were trained in dealing with sexual abuse-related trauma, and a lot more effectively to victims of rape and abuse.

“This project has done the work and that it was far too late, in Kansas city,” Joyce Grover, executive director of the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, said in a statement on Thursday, The Associated Press reported. “I am hopeful that we have made and will continue to make a big change in Me.”


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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