As President, Kamala Harris Says She Would Close The Nationwide Rape-Kit Backlog
Medical professionals use rape kits to collect evidence while examining survivors of sexual assault, and the DNA in the kits can be a useful tool for solving and preventing crimes. In the past decade, about
225,000 known untested rape kits have been uncovered.
End the Backlog, an organization focused on bringing awareness to the backlog, tracks the
number of untested kits sitting in police departments and crime-lab storage facilities in individual U.S. states, with the total number being in the “hundreds of thousands,” the organization estimates.