Some of the money raised by the #MeToo movement could go to prosecuting years, sometimes decades, old rape crimes.
In Texas, the backlog of untested rape kits was 20,000 in 2011, some going back to the 1980’s.
The state passed a crowdfunding law last year that permits people renewing their driver license to donate to pay for the tests. That law has raised about $250,000 in a year and, with additional state funding, has moved the backlog down to about 2,000, but the crimes don’t stop and the number is increasing again.
It is estimated that about $15 million is needed to get all of the kits now in line, and to be in line, tested in the state.