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Nevada attorney general expects to receive first results from rape kit backlog

Nevada's attorney general expects to start receiving results in June from local testing of rape kits that have collected over the years (Photo: U.S. Department of Justice / MGN)

The Nevada Attorney General's "Sexual Assault Kit Working Group" expects to receive tests results from local jurisdictions on the state's backlog of sexual assault kits by the end of June.

Spokeswoman Monica Moazez tells News 4-Fox 11 that Attorney General Adam Laxalt announced in September of 2015 that his office has pledged $3.68 million in funding to eliminate Nevada's backlog of untested kits, or "rape kits."

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Laxalt said the funding will be allocated toward finding ways to address the backlog of more than 7,500 untested kits, some of which are 30 years old.

Moazez says the working group is expected to have all the kits tested by December of 2018.

A sexual assault kit is used to collect physical evidence during an examination conducted at a hospital or rape crisis center following a sexual assault.

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