Law & Order Actress to Discuss Rape Kit Backlog

DETROIT (AP) -- Actress Mariska Hargitay will join Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to discuss proposed legislation that would speed up sexual assault kit testing.

Worthy's office also says the Detroit Rape Kit Project will be discussed at Monday's press gathering.

Hargitay stars on NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." She also is founder and president of the Joyful Heart Foundation. The foundation has been working with police and prosecutors on eliminating the backlog of testing for sexual assault kits.

More than 11,000 untested kits dating back 25 years were found in 2009 in a Detroit Police Department storage facility. The kits contain documentation, supplies for technicians, swabs and other items to collect samples.

Worthy has been pushing for more funding to process the backlog of kits.


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