Indianapolis hopes to address backlog of 6,600 sexual assault kits – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather forecast
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A federal grant and a better way to analyze DNA are helping the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department process a backlog of 6,600 sexual assault kits, some dating back to 1995, according to IMPD .
Jane French, IMPD coordinator for the Indianapolis Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, understands that many “survivors” in Marion County have waited decades for answers. New technology allows IMPD to better match sexual assault kits with a database with perpetrators.
“The technology wasn’t great. DNA technology has come a long way,” French said.
French says the sexual assault kits are free and IMPD wants to do everything in its power to help survivors find justice and peace.
“We, who are not sexually assaulted, need to speak up for them.”
According to the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking, 1 in 5 Hoosiers have been or will be sexually assaulted. Of these cases, 85% go unreported.
Beth White, executive director of the Indiana coalition, says, “We are fourth in the nation for high school girls who are raped while in high school.
White on Thursday celebrated the work of 13 rape crisis centers, but noted there was still a lot of work to be done. She says the issue of sexual assault eventually leads to a bigger issue of human trafficking.
“A lot of people think sex trafficking is what you see in movies. She’s the teenage high school girl standing on the corner and being hit by a van. “Then it becomes a feeling of inevitability, that there are no other options. That it’s just something that’s part of a young person’s life.
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These resources were provided by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.