OJP Blog: National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Helps Solve Crimes

“It’s a well-known fact that DNA collected from a sexual assault kit, which consists of the results of a forensic exam performed to preserve medical evidence, can lead to the assailant’s identification and conviction. What’s not so widely known is that failure to submit sexual assault kits, or rape kits, for testing may keep the perpetrator on the street to commit not only additional rapes but also other crimes. Recent research by the Wayne County, Michigan, prosecutor’s office found that 83 percent of those imprisoned for rape have had at least one other arrest, and nearly 63 percent have had at least one other conviction.”..