That means thousands of predatory rapists that could be identified. Does your city even count? Detroit, which had more than 11,000 backlogged kits, some 25 years old, identified 100 serial rapists when they were finally processed.
This is really outrageous. I can’t figure out why people aren’t up in arms. I mean, nail polish???? People are spending goo-gobs of money on rape avoidance products that, ultimately, just mean “rape someone else” instead of funneling funds into rape preventionsolutions that demonstrably identify and stop predatory serial rapists. Capitalism is nothing if not consistent.
One of these 400,000 belonged to Heather Marlowe. In May 2010, while at a party in San Francisco, Marlowe was drugged and raped. She went to the police, made a report and a rape kit was completed. Marlowe assumed that the police would investigate and contact her. After a year of waiting, she’d heard nothing back.
Marlowe followed up with the police repeatedly, working through a revolving door of people assigned to her case. She was told that her case file had been moved to Iron Mountain, a storage facility. “It could be anywhere from another 6 months to 10 years,” until the kit was examined. When Marlowe asked why, an officer explained that her rape “was not a good enough rape,” to pursue. “It will probably will never make it out of there because our lab is just too backed up processing more important crimes,” explained an officer.
- In 2011, Los Angeles announced that it had cleared a backlog of more than 11,000 kits.
- By 2013, Houston had completed their review of 16,000 kits.
- After New York City cleared its 17,000-kit backlog the arrest rate for rape cases went from 40% to 70%.
- Memphis’ processing of just 125 of their 12,000 kits has resulted in 30 indictments.
Read entire article about what you can do in your city here. Most cities don’t know how many they have. This map is from EndtheBacklog.