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Rape Kit

Labels on vials indicate sexual assault case numbers for DNA evidence samples. (credit:  Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images)

Cornyn Pushes Bill To Eliminate Rape Kit Backlog

A Fort Worth science center may play a major role in reducing the huge backlog of untested rape kits… that is if legislation introduced by a Texas senator is approved.

CBSDFW.COM–09/17/2012

Texas State Senator Wendy Davis.  (Photo credit wendydavisforsenate.com)

Sen. Wendy Davis Hopes New Tax Can Help Tackle Rape Kit Backlog

A state senator from Fort Worth wants to clear a huge backlog of untested rape kits in evidence rooms across Texas.

05/31/2012

Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) speaks to her peers on January 21, 2009 at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Hutchison Urges Senate To Renew Violence Against Women Act

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is pushing to get more federal funding to pay for rape kits.

04/26/2012

A forensic scientist examines clothing for genetic material under an alternative light source in the Forensic Evidence section of a crime lab. (credit: Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images)

Texas Victims Hope For Justice Amid Rape Kit Backlog

Texas rape victims offer support to women fighting for the testing of hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits. According to some estimates, between 180,000 and 400,000 rape kits remain untested nationwide, despite DNA technology that can swiftly link rapists to crimes.

03/19/2012