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Advocates for sexual assault victims wary of continued closure of Austin’s DNA lab

In light of the closure of the Austin Police Department’s DNA laboratory, advocates for sexual assault victims have started the #EndtheBacklog campaign due to their fear that untested rape kits would remain untested, adding to the number of unsolved sexual assault cases, an already high number: 484 untested rape kits from within the past year and 126 pending sexual assault cases.

The Austin City Council conceded to an additional $1.4 million in funding for the lab—which should go towards paying seven new forensic analysts and one new supervisor-level employee for the lab when it reopens in February 2017—in September during discussions to finalize the city’s 2017 fiscal budget.

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