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The rape kit backlog—untested rape kits numbering in the hundreds of thousands across the country—represents a failure of the criminal justice system to protect survivors and to hold perpetrators accountable.
It was 28 years ago, in 1987, that I first reported to the Archdiocese of Boston that my parish priest had abused me two decades earlier. I asked that the priest be removed and given help to address his abusive behavior; and that the church make a public effort to find other victims. They told me then they didn’t believe me.
On August 30, we partnered with USA Network, Characters Unite and NO MORE to host a new Law & Order: Special Victims Unit #NOMOREexcuses marathon to end domestic violence and sexual assault. Check out the social recap from Storify.