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Advocacy group says Kansas City has 1,324 untested rape kits

May 19, 2015
KSHB Kansas City
Lexi Sutter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A national rape victim advocacy group says Kansas City has 1,324 untested rape kits.

The nonprofit Joyful Heart Foundation released information Tuesday about testing backlogs in five cities. It says it hopes the cities will "take aggressive and comprehensive steps toward rape kit reform."

“We do feel that the transparency and accountability around releasing the numbers will pave the way for true reform around rape kit testing,” explained Ilse Knecht, the senior advisor for policy and advocacy for the Joyful Heart Foundation.

Kansas City, Mo., falls in the middle with 1,324 untested kits. Police declined to talk with us, but blame the backlog on limited resources.


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