Every day, more rape kits enter the massive backlog of untested evidence—while the clock runs out on others.
The statute of limitations (in Texas, 10 years) sets a timeline for justice to be served in rape cases, and that deadline is closing on many survivors whose rape kit evidence has sat untested, collecting dust on evidence room shelves for years. Justice in rape cases may have an expiration date, but human dignity doesn’t, and it’s up to us to ensure that the backlog of rape kits is tested before the clock runs out on the ability to use this evidence in court.
In a joint effort between Deeds Not Words and Texas State Representative Victoria Neave, we launched #ClearTheKits to show survivors they matter by helping them get justice so they can regain their lives and heal.
Through our online portal, visitors can educate themselves on the Texas rape kit backlog, sign a petition to end the statute of limitations, and donate directly to a fund to clear the kits.
Since its launch in June 2018...
- We’ve raised over $16,000 in online donations
- Processed over 140 individual donations
- Reached over 100,000 people, through organic social media engagement