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Rape Kit Testing Law Passes, Heads to Ohio Governor’s Desk

Dec. 19, 2014
RH Reality Check
Nina Liss-Schultz

The Ohio house passed a bill Wednesday meant to completely clear a backlog of untested rape kits in law enforcement offices across the state. After the unanimous passage of SB 316, the bill now heads to Gov. John Kasich’s desk for a signature.

After being collected following a sexual assault, many rape kits across the country never make it out of law enforcement offices, going untested and creating a backlog. In 2009, the Cleveland Police Department started documenting the rape kits backlogged; it has spent years cataloging the kits.


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