Testing Sexual Assault Kits Is Not Always a Path to Justice

Anna Lynch
The Shadow
Published in
5 min readAug 30, 2021

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In the early 2010s, a wave of news stories described an unthinkable horror to many hundreds of thousands of untested sexual assault kits sitting on shelves while the alleged perpetrators of those assaults walked free. Sexual assault kits had either been destroyed by police departments, ruined by inappropriate storage, or were just languishing on shelves in police evidence rooms.

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Anna Lynch
The Shadow

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