Noel Busch Armendariz
Dr. Busch-Armendariz

Dr. Noël Busch-Armendariz and Caitlin Sulley, from the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA), co-authored an editorial on ending the backlog of untested sexual assault kits, published in today’s Houston Chronicle.

The editorial follows on the city of Houston’s announcement earlier this week that 6,633 sexual assault kits had been tested, after sitting untested for years in the Houston Police Department property room.

Bush-Armendariz and Sulley were part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers and stakeholders that worked with the Houston Police Department to address the issue of untested sexual assault kits (SAKs), devise strategies to avoid this situation in the future, and improve law enforcement response to sexual assault victims (read more about the project here).