Springfield, MO – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said his team is dedicated to clearing the state’s backlog of untested rape kits.
“We think that we should honor the courage of those victims who come forward to submit to that test by making sure it doesn’t sit on a shelf,” said Schmitt.
The state has less than four months to account for kits as over $2 million in federal funding on the line.
“The most important thing for us right now is having this inventory,” said Schmitt. “We are working to make sure we know where all the untested kits are at across the state.”
Both Cox Health and Mercy hospitals only have un-reported kits at this time.
Which are kits a victim didn’t want handed over to law enforcement.
“We want to ackowledge the health care providers and law enforcement agencies across the state that don’t have a backlog,” said Schmitt.
Sexual assault Program Coordinator for Mercy Dawn Day said it’s important for victims of sexual assualt to know they have someone on their side.
“Many women and men are fearful to come in because they’re fearful of what will happen or what people will think,” said Day.
However, Day said it’s just the opposite.
“We will respect them…there is nothing that they have done that ever makes it where they deserved what happen to them,” said Day.