Untested Kits Are A National Problem

In response to the report from the Audit of Untested Sexual Assualt Kits in Indiana, Lake County SART commits to a proactive approach to this nation wide program.


Our commitment: "From this day forward, every (reported) kit" changes the thought from "if" a kit goes to the lab to "when" a kit goes to the lab for testing. 


The Lake County SART Rape Kit Policy Reform outlines protocol that will both address our current backlog and prevent any future backlog.

  • Beginning April 1, 2018:
    • Every rape kit shall be picked up by law enforcement with corresponding jurisdiction from the hospital within 72 hours of being notified of the kit.
      • This includes anonymous and non-anonymous kits
    • Every non-anonymous rape kit shall be taken down to ISP Lab within 30 days of pick-up.
    • Anonymous kits will be stored by law enforcement in a secure location and shall be destroyed after 365 days if the victim does not come forward.
  • Addressing the back log of cases:
    • Every non-anonymous rape kit performed from January 1, 2008 – Present shall be tested, beginning with newest to oldest.
    • Any rape kit performed prior to January 1, 2008 shall be destroyed.
    • Survivors who had a rape kit performed prior to January 1, 2008 and would like their kit tested are instructed to contact Fair Haven-Lake County’s Rape Crisis Center before Monday, August 6, 2018 @ 219-218-2552 for assistance.


Post Tribune Article

Full Indiana Audit Report

Indiana Untested Rape Kit Audit
A report of the findings & recommendations from an Audit of Untested Sexual Assault Examination Kits in the State of Indiana in accordance with Senate Resolution No. 55
Indiana Untested Rape Kit Audit 2017.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [7.7 MB]

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Lake County Prosecutor's Office

2293 North Main Street

Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 755-3720


2645 Ridge Road

Highland, IN 46322

O: (219) 961-4357

24/HR Crisis Line: (219) 218-2552



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