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Portland accepts $1.2 million grant to process untested rape kits

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The Portland City Council formally accepted a grant Wednesday for more than $1 million to process untested rape kits.

The Portland Police Bureau conducted a review earlier in the year and found a total of 1,931 sexual assault forensic evidence kits that had not been submitted to the Oregon State Police Crime Lab for testing, excluding "Jane Doe" or anonymous kits.

The review went back to 1985.

The reason many of the kits were never submitted for testing, according to Portland police, includes factors such as the suspect's identity not being in question, the evidence was not needed for prosecution or the victim chose not to participate in the investigation.

The nearly $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs and Bureau of Justice Assistance will go toward having the untested kits sent to an outside lab.  

Victims of sexual assault who want to inquire about the status of their SAFE kit may email roseproject@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-0125 and provide the following information: Full name at the time of the police report, date of birth, case number (if known), date and location of the sexual assault (approximate if exact not known), current phone number and best time to contact.

These cases are highly confidential and if investigators are unable to verify the victim's identity, police said no information will be released.

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