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Violence Against Women Act

Biden calls rape kit testing 'absolute priority'

Biden calls rape kit testing 'absolute priority'

Pointing to the existence of hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits across the country, Vice President Joe Biden told advocates in Baltimore County on Monday that the Obama administration is committed to increasing funding to help clear a backlog that has left victims waiting for justice.

Police have long wrestled with the cost and painstaking effort involved with DNA analysis, even as advocates note that the kits can be used to prevent future crimes as well as to solve open cases of sexual assault.

"Thousands of women right now are looking over their shoulder. Thousands of them wonder, 'Will he come back?'" Biden said at the Maryland State Police Forensic...