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Congressman Boyle Lauds Philadelphia Effort to Clear Rape Kit Backlog

May 7, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) released the following statement upon the announcement that the City of Philadelphia had cleared its backlog of untested rape kits.

"Every survivor of sexual assault who has the bravery to come forward deserves justice. It is nothing short of tragic that thousands of rape kits sat untested for years, but I'm thrilled to see Philadelphia has made so much progress, clearing their backlog and ensuring it does not build up again. I'm proud that my 2014 bill HB 2489 in the state legislature requiring the timely testing of rape kits contributed to this accomplishment.

But the fight is not over. Rape kits still sit untested in innumerable police stations and crime labs across the country. It's my hope that my strong efforts to fund the federal Sexual Assault Kit Initiative can make timely testing -- and justice -- a reality for survivors everywhere."

Congressman Boyle has repeatedly taken action in Congress to protect and help sexual assault survivors. In addition to leading the effort to fully fund the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, he has sponsored a bill to remove barriers to survivors getting the compensation they’re owed. He also pushed for the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act and for President Trump to give the Justice Department’s Office of Violence Against Women the leadership and administrative support it required.