Cuyahoga County

With new law, Ohio continues trend toward national leadership on rape kit testing


In just five years, the testing of sexual assault evidence in Ohio has gone from being the exception to the rule.

A law passed this week will require police agencies to send nearly all rape kits – both old and current – for DNA testing.

The change could bring justice for thousands of rape survivors and make communities safer from serial rapists. Only three other states -- Illinois, Texas and Colorado -- have similar laws.

"This is a whole new ballgame in Ohio," Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said Friday.  "Responsibility has been assigned and from this point forward, we in law enforcement are accountable. Victims need no longer wonder if their evidence is sitting on a shelf. Serial rapists absolutely will be caught because the kits will produce matches that will lead to arrests."

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