$2M grant to help clear back­log of untested rape kits

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RICH­MOND — At­tor­ney Gen­eral Mark Her­ring says Virginia will use a $2 mil­lion fed­eral grant to con­tinue clear­ing out a back­log of untested rape kits and im­prove the way the state han­dles sex as­sault cases.

Her­ring an­nounced the fund­ing at a news con­fer­ence Wed­nes­day.

Last year, Virginia re­ceived a grant to be­gin an­a­lyz­ing nearly 2,000 rape kits that were untested as of June 30, 2014. Some were decades old. While a change in state law en­sures that kits com­pleted on or after July 1, 2016, are prop­erly sub­mit­ted, the new money will cover test­ing of kits col­lected in the gap.

Some money will go to set­ting up a new statewide sys­tem for track­ing rape kits and to hir­ing new three new em­ploy­ees who will support vic­tims, co­or­di­nate test­ing and process the kits.

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