AUSTIN, Texas -- Rape victims across Texas are finally getting some closure as the states begins to whittle down its backlog of untested rape kits.
The most recent data available showed only around 2,100 kits left to test.
"We have made progress. The old backlog is almost gone and we're on our way to eliminating it," said Chris Kaiser of the Texas Association Aganst Sexual Assault.
But the numbers might not tell the whole story. The latest figures don't show how many rape kits have piled up since the initial backlog was discovered in 2011.
"It's one thing to say all kits have to be tested, but if we're allowing kits to languish in crime labs, on shelves in crime labs, then we're not really serving survivors," Kaiser said.
One of the main issues slowing progress is a lack of funding. State Rep. Victoria Neave, a Dallas Democrat, hopes a measure she authored during the last legislative session will help.
It allows drivers to pitch in while renewing their driver's license.
"A box where you can check to donate a dollar or any amount that you would like," Neave said.
Still, Neave said during the next session she wants the state to send more money to help with testing.
"We shouldn't have to be coming to our fellow Texans to ask them to contribute a dollar to help fund the testing of rape kits," Neave said.
Meanwhile, in Washington, a bill aimed at cracking down on the nationwide rape kit backlog was signed into law this week. Texas Sen. John Cornyn sponsored the legislation which gives funding to local law enforcement to help track how many untested rape kits they have.