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Minneapolis Officials Discover 1,700 Untested Rape Kits

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Minneapolis Officials Discover 1,700 Untested Rape Kits

Minneapolis Officials Discover 1,700 Untested Rape Kits

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An internal investigation into sexual assault cases in Minneapolis discovered over 1,700 untested rape kits, spanning across 30 years.

WKBT reports that the number is nine times more than the 194 untested kits the city had found back in 2015.

“Reporting sexual assault is an act of courage,” Mayor JacobFrey said. “We will move heaven and earth to honor the courage in pursuit of justice,” adding that the past mistakes would be handled “with humility, and in the name of transparency.”

Deputy Police Chief Erick Fors reports that the untested kits were discovered in July during the department’s inventory check. He estimates it will take two years to get them tested and they are hiring additional analysts to go through the backlog.

“We believe all these kits should be tested,” Fors said. “We stand committed to ensuring that gets done … we owe it to victims to do this.”

It is unclear how all of these rape kits slipped through the cracks and the effect it had on numerous victim’s cases.

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