Vic­tims find jus­tice in stored old rape kits

The Washington Times Daily - - Nation -

DETROIT | As Detroit be­gins to clear its back­log of untested rape kits, vic­tims are pub­licly shar­ing their sto­ries in the hope that women about to go through a dif­fi­cult process will know they are not alone.

Some of the 1,000 kits iden­ti­fied for test­ing this year are be­ing pro­cessed now. Michi­gan State Po­lice found be­tween 9,000 and 11,300 kits in stor­age two years ago.

Carol Bart was kid­napped and re­peat­edly raped in Dal­las in 1984. Her kit wasn’t tested un­til 2008. The DNA match was a man who had served time for a sep­a­rate kid­nap­ping and is now im­pris­oned for in­de­cency with a child.

Ms. Bart said al­low­ing the kits to sit for years in a lab or po­lice vault “de­nies vic­tims of sex­ual as­sault any op­por­tu­nity for jus­tice.”

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