Where’s the national database for rape kits?


In October, we first told you about The Accountability Project, our initiative to uncover the extent of the rape kit backlog in cities across the United States. From the first four cities that provided data to us—obtained through public records requests—we discovered more than 12,000 untested rape kits sitting in storage facilities…

The fact remains that there is more about the rape kit backlog that we don’t know than we do know. There is no comprehensive, national data on the nature and scope of the rape kit backlog. Few state governments and no federal agencies track this data. Across cities and counties, there are vast differences in the way law enforcement officials track and report rape kit data. These are some of the reasons we’ve undertaken The Accountability Project…

While politicians are working to nationalize Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP) — a blacklist for pain patients — they show no concern whatsoever for a national database for rape kits.  Are pain patients more dangerous than rapists?  Are there more drug overdoses every year than rapes?  Not even close:


There is an average of 293,066 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year… Every 107 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted…

How many children younger than 12 years old should be included in this figure?  If the CDC wants to talk about epidemics, why doesn’t it talk about rape?  Maybe it doesn’t consider PTSD, depression, and suicide as “diseases”?  As if we know how to categorize mental illness.  But if addiction is a disease, then so are PTSD, depression, and suicide.


5 thoughts on “Where’s the national database for rape kits?

    • I know how fortunate I am not to have been a victim of rape, but I can’t tell you how many bloggers I’ve come across on WordPress who suffer from the aftereffects of this crime. How many would have been saved if these rape kits had been processed and prosecuted?

      Thanks for bringing this issue to our attention.

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      • I was broken hearted when Rape Kits identified the rapist and was not charged because of Stature of Limitations.
        Joyful Heart Foundation pushed to get the issue brought to light. They have multipurpose projects like End The Backlog,
        The website is very educational and there are articles about every step in putting an end to the backlogs. Mariska is leading the cause.
        Thanks for getting involved.

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