Congress Poised To Dedicate $41 Million To Help End Backlog Of Rape Kits

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Congress appears to be on the verge of allocating $41 million to help municipalities process a backlog of rape kits.

There are hundreds of thousands of rape kits that have never been tested, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.

“It’s a huge deal,” said Sarah Tofte, vice president of policy and advocacy for the Joyful Heart Foundation, which is pushing for ending the rape kit backlog.

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The funding is included the $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill. Lawmakers face a midnight Thursday deadline to pass legislation to prevent a government shutdown.

Tofte said the funding will not only help catch violent criminals, it sends a message to victims.

“They matter, and what happened to them matters,” she said. “Their cases matter.”

Each kit costs $500 to $1,000…

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