Utah hotline set up for victims to get updates on rape kits

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (AP) — Salt Lake County and state officials have created an information line that sexual assault victims and survivors can call to get an update on the status of their rape kit.

Victim advocate Lauren De Vries says she will not turn away any Utah residents who call her, despite the fact that the grant used to develop the hotline was only for Salt Lake County. People can call to get information on possible DNA matches for suspects, or to simply ask questions.

In 2014, a statewide survey found law enforcement agencies had 2,690 submitted sexual assault kits that had not been processed. More than 1,500 of those were in Salt Lake County. Utah Crime Lab Director Jay Henry says the lab has since completed processing about half of those backlogged kits.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Related topics

The Associated Press


    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast