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DNA technician Emily Waffle seals a envelop containing swab evidence from a sexual assault kit in the cutting lab at Bode Technology Group Forensic Laboratory in Lorton, Va. A backlog tens of thousands of unprocessed rape kits, each representing a sexual assault victim, are sitting in police storage facilities around the country.

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Long-forgotten rape evidence finally reveals its clues at lab

LORTON, Va. — The trucks keep arriving from all over the country at an office park in Northern Virginia, each containing hundreds of envelopes marked with one word written on red tape: “Evidence.”


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