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December 11th, 2014
05:36 PM ET

Why Won't Washington Work: Funding to fix backlog of 400,000 untested rape kits stuck in Congress

(CNN) – It's a simple test that could solve hundreds of thousands of sexual assault cases and save countless more women from becoming victims of repeat offenders.

But right now, across this country, 400,000 rape kits are just sitting there untested, because police departments do not have the money to examine them.

Right now the funds to potentially fix this backlog are stuck in Congress, tied to a budget battle, while victims wait, and sexual predators walk.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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