NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - There's no money in the proposed North Carolina budget to deal with the backlog of untested rape kits.
We first reported earlier this year that more than 15,000 untested rape kits are in law enforcement evidence rooms across the state.
State Attorney General Josh Stein called this one of the ugly points in the new North Carolina budget.
In a statement on his office's website, Stein wrote, "At the direction of the legislature, my office recently conducted a survey to determine the number of untested sexual assault kits sitting in local law enforcement offices. We found that there are more than 15,000 untested kits in our state. I have asked the legislature for funding to test these kits and to develop a tracking system to ensure that we never get to this point again. The legislature did neither. This failure is irresponsible and unacceptable. Each of the thousands of sexual assault victims deserves better. I will continue to fight for them until we appropriately address this issue in North Carolina."
His full statement on the budget is here.
The Wilmington Police Department has nearly 500 untested rape kits. The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office has almost 160.