Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

HBO Film about Untested Sexual Assault Kits Screened at Kansas Bureau of Investigation

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

HBO Film about Untested Sexual Assault Kits Screened at Kansas Bureau of Investigation

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About 100 people watched a film Monday at the Kansas Bureau of Investigation highlighting the issue of unsubmitted and untested sexual assault kits.

The HBO documentary "I Am Evidence" was produced by "Law and Order SVU" actress Mariska Hargitay and will be released next year. The film also features the stories of four rape survivors, KBI spokeswoman Melissa Underwood said in a news release.

The event, attended by advocates and other professionals, included a discussion led by Kym Worthy, the Wayne County, Mich., prosecutor. In 2009, Worthy discovered more than 11,000 sexual assault kits in a Detroit police property storage facility. The discussion centered on the value of testing sexual assault kit evidence and establishing a victim-centered approach to sexual assault.

In 2014, law enforcement agencies in Kansas began taking inventory of unsubmitted kits. …

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