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Thousands of rape kits go untested in Maryland

Thousands of rape kits go untested in Maryland

Despite a years-long, national push to collect, process and catalog DNA evidence from sexual assaults, police in Maryland have left more than 3,500 rape kits untested.

Advocates for rape victims say that number shows that police are not investigating all complaints of sexual assault thoroughly.

"More than any other crime, sexual assault survivors are often disbelieved or blamed for what happened to them," said Ilse Knecht, director of policy and advocacy for the Joyful Heart Foundation, a national nonprofit that advocates for counting and testing all kits. "That definitely plays into this process of not fully investigating cases. There sometimes is a bias that...