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Freedom from Sexual Violence

Event: Webinar: Taking on the Challenge of Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits




Join the National Institute of Justice this Friday, October 31, at 9 a.m. MST to learn more about how jurisdictions can take on the challenge of unsubmitted sexual assault kits. The National Institute of Justice funded multi-disciplinary teams to investigate the issues of testing large numbers of sexual assault kits in Detroit and Houston. The projects engaged key stakeholders (including police, prosecutors, victims, and victims support providers) in partnership with researchers to explore the underlying reasons of why so many unsubmitted sexual assault kits accumulated over time and make recommendations about how best to proceed.

In this seminar, the teams will discuss the issues they grappled with: how to triage and process the testing of the kits, when and how to notify victims, and how to make policy and practice changes to both prevent future buildups of kits and enhance the provision of justice for victims of sexual assault.


  • Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D., Michigan State University.
  • Noel Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.
  • Bill Wells, Ph.D., Sam Houston State University.
  • Mary Lentschke, Assistant Chief, Houston Police Department.

Moderator: Bethany Backes, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice, US Department of Justice.

Click here for more information and to register!