Ohio's Rape Kit Backlog
After a sexual assault, victims may be asked or choose to undergo an examination to collect any remaining evidence from the assault. This evidence is then collected into what is called a rape kit. Unfortunately for many victims, thousands of rape kits were not processed due to the cost before the aid of modern techniques. Now, Ohio authorities are working to process all backlogged rape kits.
- Rachel Dissell, Cleveland Plain Dealer
- Anna Thompson, coordinator, Aftercare Advocacy and Outreach, Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO)
- Kristen Slaper, laboratory supervisor, Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) Laboratory
- Karen Huey, assistant superintendent, Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation
The Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio 24-hour Rape Crisis Helpline is 614-267-7020.