22 Apr 2019

US rape survivors wait for justice amid backlog of DNA testing kits

The #MeToo movement helped to change the culture of dealing with sexual assault in the USA and beyond. But what about changing laws to better protect victims?

Across the country, states are coming under pressure to clear massive backlogs of untested rape kits – the boxes of DNA evidence collected after assaults. Hundreds of thousands of kits have been left on the shelf, some for decades, leaving survivors waiting in vain for justice.

Warning: this report contains details of sexual assault.