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Video: AG Mark Herring Announces That Virginia’s Rape Kits Backlog Has Been Completely Eliminated and “It’s Never Coming Back”

"One untested rape kit is one too many"

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Good stuff, as always, from Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. Check it out, below.

ATTORNEY GENERAL HERRING TO PROVIDE HISTORIC UPDATE ON PROJECT TO END VIRGINIA’S RAPE KIT BACKLOG
~ Herring to be joined by local and state partners and advocates for press conference, streaming link also available ~
RICHMOND – This morning, Attorney General Mark R. Herring will provide an historic update on his project to end Virginia’s rape kit backlog. Attorney General Herring will be joined by local and state partners and advocates at a press conference.
Attorney General Herring has led the effort, along with the Virginia Department of Forensic Science and local law enforcement agencies, to eliminate a backlog of thousands of pre-2016 untested PERK kits held by law enforcement, some of which were decades old. The PERK testing initiative is one part of Attorney General Herring’s larger effort to change the culture around sexual violence in Virginia. In addition to eliminating the rape kit backlog, he has invested in training to make trauma-informed, survivor-centered responses the new standard, has worked with DFS to launch the state’s first electronic statewide PERK tracking system, and has brought on additional personnel to support survivors.
What:
Update on Attorney General Herring’s project to end Virginia’s rape kit backlog
When:
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
10:00 AM
Where:
Barbara Johns Building Atrium
202 N. Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219