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Sexual Assault

Scrutinizing sexual violence

Scrutinizing sexual violence

Even if there are occasions when rape kits need not be tested — if, for example, an alleged assailant has already admitted to sexual contact — it strains credulity to believe that Maryland's total of 3,500 untested rape kits does not represent a significant problem. And we need point no further than the recent evaluation of the Baltimore City Police Department in which officials with the U.S. Department of Justice cited the city's low testing rate (about 15 percent in a four-year period, but the numbers remain in dispute) to make the case.

There are at least two other factors that may be contributing to this situation. The most obvious is money. It costs between $1,000...