Clearing Texas Rape Kit Backlog Brings Hefty Price Tag

There are some 20,000 untested rape kits sitting on evidence shelves in police departments across Texas, the state Department of Public Safety estimates.

Each box with samples of hair, skin and clothing represents one of the worst moments of the victim’s life, a crime that was followed by hours in a doctor’s office submitting the most personal evidence.

“For nothing to be done with it is a revictimization of that person,” said Victoria Camp, deputy director of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault. “And I think that is unfair.”

In 2011, Texas lawmakers approved a bill by ...

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