Auditor General Demands Action on “Rape Kits”

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HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)   Pennsylvania’s Auditor General is asking for   for new funding to cut into the state’s backlog of untested rape kits.
   According to a report released by the auditor general Eugene Depasquale office says there are nearly 2-thousand rape kits in the state that have gone more than a year without being tested.
      The report goes on to say there should be penalties against police agencies that do not meet testing and reporting standards imposed by a law enacted last year.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says not testing rape kits could allow rapists to hurt other victims.

“Here in Pennsylvania, delayed processing of kits is one barrier preventing swift justice. The victims of rape deserve better.”

  The health department said four months that only a third of the state’s police departments had reported their rape kit backlog.

An agreement was signed on Tuesaday which will require Pennsylvania State Police to compile data on rape kits and turn it over to the health department.

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