Thousands of Texas Rape Kits Never Tested

When rape victims come into D’An Anders’ office, they are traumatized and emotional. After enduring a devastating assault, they have also spent hours being prodded and swabbed in a hospital emergency room, providing evidence that they hope will help track down their attacker. Anders, a specialist with the Texas Advocacy Project, which provides free legal services to victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse, is often the first to give them shocking news: the DNA from the rape kit they just spent hours providing may not be tested — ever.

In police departments across Texas, tens of thousands of rape ...

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