'Cut to the Case' aims cut down on backlogged rape kits

400,000 backlogged rape kits await testing, some are more than 30 years old. (WCCU)

‘Cut to the Case’-- a startup that aims to cut down on the number of untested rape kits.

University of Illinois students, Premika Pandian and Kendall Furbee, are the minds behind this project that looks to bring accountability and transparency to sexual assault investigations.

Their online database would allow victims of sexual assault to track their case, and rape kit, as soon as a report is made.

Premika and Furbee hope ‘Cut to the Case’ will be a helpful tool for victims, and help law enforcement prosecute offenders.

“We're hoping that victims stay more engaged through the process, so knowing that their kit is actually going somewhere,” Furbee said. “Instead of getting the kit done in the hospital, and then having no information about where it goes."

As of now, there are more than 400,000 backlogged rape kits awaiting testing-- some of which are more than 30 years old.

'Cut to the Case' plans to launch a pilot program in Champaign by the end of 2017.

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