Fact or Fiction: Is the DeWine rape kit campaign ad true?

DeWine's 'rape kit' ad is partially accurate: Getting Answers
Published: Aug. 27, 2018 at 9:24 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2018 at 11:06 PM EDT
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AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Untested rape kits for rape victims mean hope of prosecution for attackers.

It has become a hot topic for gubernatorial candidates.

Case in point:

We were wondering: just how accurate are the claims about the back log of rape test kits.

In the commercial approved by candidates Mike DeWine and Jon Husted, a narrator says, "While Richard Cordray was Attorney General 12,000 rape kits like Alyssa's were left untested."

"It's an exaggeration. When you have Rich Cordray came into the job there was a lot of work to be done," said Political Science Professor David Cohen, from the Bliss Institute for Applied Political Science at the University of Akron.

Cordray hit back in an ad with an endorsement from the Fraternal Order of Police, "When Rich took over as Attorney General, Ohio didn't have a system to process evidence in sexual assault cases. The backlog stretched for decades and Rich fixed it, that's the truth."

"It did have a system, but it was a broken system. There's no question," Cohen said.

Overall, Cohen says the truth lies somewhere in the middle for both of those ads.

He says he's actually surprised the race hasn't been very negative yet.

The professor expects that will change after Labor Day, as Election Day draws closer.

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