Orange County Gets to Work on Its 1,700 Untested Rape Kits
There are 1,700 untested rape kits sitting around in Orange County—the oldest dating all the way back to 1977. Soon, they’ll be tested by Virginia-based Bode Technology and the Orange County Crime Lab, thanks to a $612,000 contract approved by the County Board of Supervisors last week.
The $612,000 comes from a previous grant received. It will support the testing of 1,500 kits by Bode. The Crime Lab will handle the remaining kits. The District Attorney will ask for an additional $1.2 million in grant money.
“Clearing the backlog of sexual assault kits has been a priority of mine since I was a county supervisor, and I have doubled down on that commitment,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer. “The district attorney’s office is fully invested in getting these untested kits tested to provide these victims justice and a safer Orange County. I am pleased Supervisor Wagner requested the additional funds needed to close the backlog gap.”
Rape kit backlogs are a statewide problem. The Joyful Heart Foundation believes more than 13,000 kits remain unprocessed in California today. A new state law requires rape kits to be processed within 120 days.