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Backlog of 14,000 rape kits finally cleared

Posted: 11:22 AM, Feb 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-26 10:17:19-05

Victim after victim came forward, thinking her kit had long been tested only to learn it's been sitting on a shelf for year and in some cases decades.

This all changed in 2012 when Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine set up a task force to clear the backlog. It cost taxpayers over $9.5 million dollars but Friday he announced the labs are finally up to date.

"It's important to stress these are more than just boxes of evidence," said Dewine. "We look at them, each one represents a person, each one represents a victim."

When the results surfaced many victims finally got the call they were waiting for, their attackers were identified. Over 700 alleged rapists in Cuyahoga County alone have been indicted.