Travis County receives nearly $100,000 to test rape kits

Backlog of untested rape kits at Austin Police Headquarters in 2015. (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — Travis County has received nearly $100,000 to help clear the backlog of untested rape kits.

The money will fund testing almost 150 kits.

Texas is one of the 27 states that will see progress on these cases, after the White House and the New York City DA’s office pledged $79 million combined to test backlogged rape kits.

“We’re not forgetting anybody. We are prepared to have their back,” said Vice President Joe Biden, “We are prepared to stand with them.”

There is an estimated tens of thousands of DNA samples taken after sexual assaults that have gone untested.

Last fall Austin Police received federal funding of more than $190,000. That money came after lawmakers decided to continue funding the Debbie Smith Act, which works to make sure untested rape kits are lab tested.

It can cost anywhere from $800 to $1,000 to process a single rape kit.

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