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This is why thousands of Minnesota rape kits go untested
Nov. 13, 2015 • St. Paul Pioneer Press
Elizabeth Mohr

The numbers might seem alarming: more than 3,000 rape kits sitting on shelves, untested, at law enforcement agencies across the state. And for more than 9 percent of those cases, the reason for not testing is "unknown."

But police are quick to explain that a reasonable explanation often exists for not testing evidence collected after a sex assault is reported: Sometimes victims do not want to move forward with a case. Sometimes the suspect's identity is not in question. Sometimes prosecutors decline to file charges.

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Tens of thousands of rape kits go untested across USA
July 16, 2015 • USA Today
Steve Reilly
A nationwide count by USA TODAY reveals abandoned rape kit evidence. read more
Will new focus on rape kit tests put thousands behind bars?
May 30, 2015 • Associated Press
Sharon Cohen
The evidence piled up for years, abandoned in police property rooms, warehouses and crime labs. Now, tens of thousands of sexual assault kits are giving up their secrets — and rapists who've long remained free may finally face justice. read more
Despite DNA, the Rapist Got Away
May 19, 2015 • The New York Times
Nicholas Kristof
Sexual assault thrives with impunity, and that’s one reason we should routinely test rape kits, to chip away at the impunity and raise the costs of rape so that it becomes less common. read more
No Longer Ignored, Evidence Solves Rape Cases Years Later
August 2, 2014 • The New York Times
Erik Eckholm
Like hundreds of thousands of other rape kits across the country containing evidence gathered from victims, that of Ms. Ybos lay untested for years on a storeroom shelf. read more
Mariska Hargitay on Her Most Challenging ‘L&O: SVU’ Season Yet: Even a Bad-Ass Can Be a Victim
June 19, 2014 • The Wrap
Sharon Waxman
Hargitay talks with The Wrap about motherhood, growing up in Hollywood and how Det. Benson has turned her into an avenging angel off-screen. read more
Congress poised to approve $41 million to help clear backlog of untested rape kits
June 16, 2014 • The Washington Post
Spencer S. Hsu
Congress is poised to approve $41 million sought by the Obama administration to examine untested DNA evidence collected from rape victims and held by state and local police across the country. read more
Mariska Hargitay: ‘Society Continues to Misplace Blame on Survivors’
May 15, 2014 • Time
Mariska Hargitay
Despite the progress we as a nation have made in the movement to end sexual violence, much work remains. read more
Rape Kit Testing Still Languishes
January 21, 2014 • The Chicago Tribune
Kay Manning
Test400K joins Natasha's Justice Project and the Joyful Heart Foundation in trying to change how law enforcement and society in general view sexual assault. read more
Tastemakers: What the Chic Set Is Giving This Holiday Season
December 3, 2013 • New York Observer
Neesha Arter
What Sukey Novogratz, JHF board member, is giving to friends this holiday season. read more
Say Cheese!
May 10, 2013 • New York Post
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Jemima Kirke attends the Joyful Heart Foundation Gala. read more
Biden weighs a White House run in 2016.
May 3, 2013 • The Washington Post
Philip Rucker and Melina Mara
Biden jokes with Mariska Hargitay, a star of one of the “Law & Order” TV shows, who has been vocal against domestic violence, before giving his speech. read more
Steubenville High School Football Players Convicted of Raping Teen
April 1, 2013 • People Magazine
Jeff Truesdell
Take a Stand Against Violence read more
Emmys 2012: 'Blue Bloods' Has Given Tom Selleck Cred With the NYPD
September 12, 2012 • Hollywood Reporter
Jordan Zakarin
Of course, if there’s any TV expert on the nitty-gritty of New York police work, it’s Hargitay. Entering her 14th season as Detective Olivia Benson on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU, the franchise darling has a special connection to her character. read more
Mariska Hargitay's Second Act
October 25th, 2011 • MORE Magazine
Amanda Robb
Psychics told the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star that the second half of her life would be much better than the first. Today, with a supercharged career and a long-desired second child, she's on a whole new journey. read more
Hargitay Helps Heal The Healers
April 6, 2011 • MidWeek
Yu Shing Ting
Just as she does on TV, actress Mariska Hargitay (who plays detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), is dedicated to helping survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse heal and reclaim their lives. read more
SHAPE's Women Who Shape the World: Meet the Top 8 Women Who Care
November 2010 • Shape Magazine
Alice Oglethorpe
Mariska Hargitay: Turning victims into survivors. read more
Mariska Hargitay: Give Benson a baby!
May 6th 2010 • NY Post
Jarret Wieselman
For the last 11 years I've been on every case, sitting on every jury and hanging on every "dun dun" that "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" has to offer. But beyond implementing the law and keeping the order, it's the relationship between detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler that has planted "SVU" on the TV landscape. read more
Mariska Hargitay: The Sexiest Cop Alive
February 2010 • MORE Magazine
Meryl Gordon
Interview with Mariska Hargitay for More Magazine read more
Retreats and Therapy: Mariska Hargitay
August 10th, 2009 • The Variety
Anna Stewart
It wasn't a personal experience or family history that made Mariska Hargitay aware of victims of sexual assault. It was fan mail. The letters to the actress playing Detective Olivia Benson of "Law and Order: SVU" were not typical fan mail. read more
Mariska Hargitay's Road to Recovery
August 2009 • Redbook Magazine
Lee Woodruff
Mariska Hargitay on recovering from her on-set accident and her work with the Joyful Heart Foundation. read more
A Day in the Crazy Busy and Incredibly Inspiring Life of Mariska Hargitay
April 19th, 2009 • Health Magazine
Jancee Dunn
Actress Mariska Hargitay shares how she stays energized and happy every day. read more
Mariska Hargitay: Confessions of a Late Bloomer
January 2009 • Ladies' Home Journal
Marisa Fox
Though Mariska Hargitay didn't become a wife, mother, mega-successful actress, or major philanthropist until she hit her 40s, the Law & Order: SVU star wouldn't have had it any other way. read more