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How is Ohio BCI handing 6000 rape kits that need testing?
December 16, 2014
In late 2011, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a statewide initiative to get previously-untested sexual assault kits (SAKs) off law enforcement departments’ shelves and into the lab for testing. Since then, 147 agencies have submitted 9,021 SAKs to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), which is handling most of the testing. Hear from David Miller, a forensic scientist, about how BCI is handling the influx of cases while maintaining current turnaround times for new cases.
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Read our report Sexual Assault Kit Backlogs: Survivor Perspectives from the Sexual Assault Kit Survivors' Roundtable held in Washington, DC. The Roundtable was part of the National Center’s project to ensure that backlog reduction efforts are informed by survivors and developed around their needs.
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Across the country, jurisdictions are moving to process previously untested sexual assault kits (SAKS), some of which had remained untested for decades. When such testing results in further investigation or the reopening of cases, victims may need counseling or other services to cope with the impact of the retesting.
October 23, 2013
The National Center, under a grant funded by the Office of Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, is pleased to announce three new resources on sexual assault and the statute of limitations:
View the new Sexual Assault Statute of Limitations Resources
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