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Heartbreaking PSA Highlights The Massive Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits

February 13, 2018
By
Alanna Vagianos

A new public service announcement is shining a much-needed light on the thousands of rape kits that go untested every year in the U.S.

The Joyful Heart Foundation, which created the PSA, estimates that hundreds of thousands of rape kits are sitting untested in law enforcement facilities around the country due to the lack of resources and funding. “Shelved” lays out in 60 seconds the far-reaching impacts of this backlog.

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Shelved PSA Spotlights the Rape Kit Backlog

February 13, 2018 | BY Sarah Haacke Byrd | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >

Joyful Heart launched today a new national PSA campaign, Shelved, to raise awareness about the untested rape kit backlog and engage the public in helping us solve this problem. Through this campaign, we are seeking to activate grassroots support for our work in state capitols around the country to change the way rape kits are handled, expand survivors’ rights, and ensure every single kit is tested. Every single kit, in every state.

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Wisconsin DOJ contracts with 2 more labs to test kits

February 5, 2018
By
Associated Press

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is contracting with two more private labs to analyze untested sexual assault kits.

The Joyful Heart Foundation has been pushing states to analyze untested kits in hopes of developing DNA profiles for serial offenders. Nearly 4,000 Wisconsin kits have been designated for testing. Analysis has been completed on 862 kits so far.

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Memphis has largest backlog of untested rape kits in US

February 12, 2014
By
Kontji Anthony
Memphis has the largest known number of untested rape kits in the country. It is why the City of Memphis held a news conference Wednesday morning to announce several developments regarding the city's rape kit backlog.
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DNA Evidence CAN Stop Serial Rapists

August 4th, 2011
By
Stephanie Hallet
It was an ordinary day in October, 2002. Julie Weil and her infant son were picking up Julie’s daughter, three-year-old Emily, from her Florida preschool at noon. As Julie buckled her daughter into her car seat, she felt a sudden blow to the head.
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It's time to test rape kits

May 15th, 2011
By
Mariska Hargitay, Sarah Tofte and Annette Burrhus-Clay
Over the last two years, cities across Texas, including Houston, have acknowledged significant backlogs of untested rape kits in their police storage facilities — at least 4,000 kits in Houston and another 16,000 untested kits in Dallas and San Antonio combined.
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Rape kits get DNA upgrade, 'SVU' star

October 22nd, 2009
By
Bill Sanderson
Two decades after their first use in New York emergency rooms, rape testing kits are being updated for the DNA age.
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