The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would speed up analysis of untested rape kits in Colorado and other states, according to a recent article in the Coloradoan. The bill, which was passed as part of the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), was sponsored by Colorado Senator Michael Bennett. It expands grant funds given to state and local law enforcement offices for the processing of rape kits.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation currently has a backlog of 250 untested rape kits, according to the agency. On average, a rape kit submitted to the Colorado Bureau of investigation waits six months between its arrival and its analysis. Currently, about 400,000 rape kits nationwide are still waiting testing.