Panel Discusses Untested Rape Kits

Duluth leads Minnesota in the number of untested rape kits. A panel discussed the reasons for the backlog and what's being done to fix it.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth has the highest number of untested rape kits in the entire state. UMD hosted a panel that discussed the reasons for the backlog and the progress being made to fix the problem.

Panelists represented law enforcement, advocates, and prosecutors.The panel received feedback from the community on how to proceed with the initiative and how to cater it to Duluth’s needs.

“At first you get really angry about it because you think why is this happening? So it was very interesting and helpful to learn why these things were the way that they were and why the cases are going as slow as they are,” said attendee Elizabeth Stadler.

Coming up on February 22nd and 23rd, FOX 21 will take a closer look into how these investigations are going and how victims can receive justice.