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AG Herring says Virginia’s rape kit backlog has been eliminated

Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 10:41 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Attorney General Herring says Virginia’s rape kit backlog has been eliminated in a news conference Wednesday morning, making it only the seventh state to do so.

Attorney General Herring along with the Virginia Department of Forensic Science and local law enforcement agencies eliminated thousands of untested PERK kits - some decades old.

The PERK testing initiative is one part of Attorney General Herring’s larger effort to change the culture around sexual violence in Virginia.

Along with eliminating the rape kit backlog, Attorney General Herring invested in training to make trauma-informed, survivor-centered responses the new standard and has worked with DFS to launch the state’s first electronic statewide PERK tracking system and has brought on additional personnel to support survivors.

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