Experts Discuss Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits

The issue of large numbers of sexual assault kits that were not sent to the crime lab for testing is a complex one for many jurisdictions in the US. To better understand the problem and possible solutions, NIJ-funded multidisciplinary teams to tackle the issue in Detroit and Houston.

In expert interviews, researchers Rebecca Campbell, Bill Wells, Caitlin Sulley, and Noel Busch-Armendariz discuss the potential risk factors for developing a large number of unsubmitted sexual assault kits, how police departments can better work with victims, and creating protocols to inform victims of new sexual assault kit DNA testing.

Learn more about the findings of this research; watch now.

Source: NIJ

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