How Many Untested Rape Kits Does Your State Have?

Advocates For Sexual Assault Who Drive Change

End The Backlog is a program of Joyful Heart Foundation, a national non-profit organization founded by actress and activist Mariska Hargitay with the mission to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end this violence forever.

Over the years, however, we have begun to see progress. Increasingly, states and local jurisdictions are beginning to recognize the value of testing rape kits. They are starting to count, track and test the untested kits in their facilities, and they’re seeing powerful result. 

What do we know about the rape kit backlog & what’s being done to end it.

Explore our interactive map:

For example, in New York City, where there had been a backlog of 17,000 untested rape kits before eliminated in 2003, city and law enforcement officials enacted a policy and developed a system to test every rape kit. The city’s arrest rate for rape has since jumped from 40% to 70%.”Joyful Heart now provides us with expertise, guidance and a national perspective.

They are helping to find ways to secure the funds needed to test the remaining kits and ensuring that all efforts to end this atrocity, is an important project under the direction of Joyful Heart foundation.

– Kym Worthy, Wayne County Prosecutor

The federal government estimates that hundreds of thousands of rape kits sit untested in police and crime lab storage facilities across the country in what is known as the rape kit backlog.

Discuss with the men in your life. Men have wives, mothers, sisters, daughters and co-workers. Check out the interactive map on, you can see the progress for your state and city, look at how many rape kits are left untested.

One out of six  men are sexually assaulted, often living traumatized without support, few crimes are reported. The information may surprise you, unfortunately it’s reality. The 1 in 6  organization provides support. I’m currently researching the organization a look forward to sharing how support is provided.

I glanced at an article today which stressed the first year in college is when a crime is likely to happen. Men also have sons, brothers, cousins, neighbors and fathers. Young adults are not aware of the dangers of college life. You can help by finding out what is important to share with your college students, it may not have crossed their mind.

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