The above article/video brings to light a rather disturbing fact, that in the US thousands of rape kits go untested!
According to the article, Prosecutor Kym Worthy “and her team would ultimately discover 11,303 untested kits,” in a police storage warehouse (in Wayne County) and Worthy goes on to say that “what’s happening in her city is happening across the country. From Chicago to Los Angeles to Houston, cities are grappling with thousands of untested rape kits.”
Unbelievable right? I have to admit I am not familiar with the protocols in this area, but I always assumed that if a complainant came forward and had a rape kit done that it would be tested. I never imagined it would just sit on the shelf of a police storage warehouse forgotten (or at the very least that 11,000 kits would not just be tossed into a warehouse to be forgotten)!
“So far, 600 kits have been tested, and investigators say that they have discovered evidence of 21 serial rapists. Grant money funded the testing of those kits. Worthy said it costs on average between $1,200 and $1,500 to get each kit tested.”
In 2009, with these rather embarrassing stats prompting them, the Detroit Police Department did an internal review, and from that review it was found that when ” they randomly pulled 36 of the stored rape kits [they] found there were “justifiable reasons” for not testing them. Those reasons, police say, include victims who refused to prosecute or were uncooperative and assailants who pleaded guilty to lesser charges.”
I have to wonder if we’d find the same thing going on in Canada?
Thank you to Rachael Paquette, a second year law student at Robson Hall, for brining this article/video to the FLF’s attention.