A sexual assault forensic nurse from suburban Chicago was thinking of moving away from Illinois, to get away from memories of her own rape, and the nightmare she experienced afterwards when the hospital demanded she pay for her rape kit.
A total of 200 rape kits that Robbins police either never sent to the crime lab or never fully investigated have now been analyzed, and authorities say there are known suspects walking the streets.
Dozens of kits used to gather evidence in sexual assaults were recently discovered sitting in an room in a south suburban police station–including some from over 25 years ago.
A federal class-action lawsuit has been filed against the city of Harvey, accusing it of failing to process 200 rape kits.
The Illinois State Police Crime Lab is promising to examine each and every rape kit that has gone unexamined because police departments merely put them in storage.