5 takeaways from CNN's investigation into rape kit destruction

Updated 10:12 AM ET, Thu November 29, 2018

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(CNN)In the era of #MeToo and stories about the alleged perpetrators of sexual violence, CNN's exclusive investigation "Destroyed" turns the spotlight on those responsible for protecting the public.

An examination into the destruction of rape kits in dozens of agencies across the country found that police trashed evidence in 400 cases before the statutes of limitations expired or when there was no time limit to prosecute.
The number is likely higher and was calculated by analyzing the departments' own records.
The destruction occurred since 2010 and followed flawed and incomplete police investigations.
Most of the kits were untested, CNN found, and dozens were discarded mere weeks or months after police took custody of the evidence.