SAN ANTONIO -- Sen. John Cornynannounced on Thursday a planto help eliminate the massive backlog of untested rape kits nation-wide.
In 2009, an internal audit of the San Antonio Police Department, promted by a KENS 5 I-Team investigation,revealed more than5,000 untested rape kits.
Since then, San Antonio police Chief William McManus and Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed have reduced the number of untested rape kits toalittle more than2,000.
Sen. Cornyn proposed SAFER Act(Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry) would provideadditional funding to test rape kits by redirecting funds in the Debbie Smith Act back to where he said the money should have been going all along.
Cornyn saidthe Debbie Smith Act was suppose tohelp pay for the testing of rape kits, but over the yearsmuch of the funding ended uppayinf foradministraive expenses.
The national backlog of untested rape kits is estimated at as many as 400,000.