The Backlog

Media Archive

In this section, you can find an archive of information about the rape kit backlog, including news from across the country, investigative reports that have uncovered backlogs, op-eds from journalists and reformers, legislation and policy reports, government publications and more. Browse by date or by category below.

Title Source Author(s) Post Datesort ascending
Cleveland has cleared backlog of 3,985 untested rape kits Cleveland.com Rachel Dissell July 22, 2014
After 19 years, man charged with attempted rape The Journal Times Kristen Zambo July 21, 2014
Sitting on the evidence The Economist July 19, 2014
After DNA test, man charged with 2001 rape of Valparaiso woman Post-Tribune July 18, 2014
Colorado rape kits finally being tested, but police must act before statute of limitations runs out The Denver Channel Keli Rabon July 18, 2014
In Hot Pursuit of Cold Cases Time Charlotte Alter July 17, 2014
Two dozen DNA matches found in first 150 rape kits tested under new law The Denver Channel Keli Rabon and Sandra Barry July 17, 2014
Memphis Police official says rape kit backlog is shrinking The Commercial Appeal Daniel Connolly July 15, 2014
State needs to address lag in DNA testing The Citizen-Times July 15, 2014
MPD, council committee: rape kit testing makes progress WMC Action News 5 Nick Kenney July 15, 2014
Processing the rape kit backlog, and giving survivors back dignity Processing the rape kit backlog, and giving survivors back dignity Marjorie B. Signer July 14, 2014
New rape kit guidelines a ‘good thing’ New Jersey Herald Jessica Masulli Reyes July 12, 2014
Rape kits untested for years after victims name Michael Miller, now charged in separate sex assault The Denver Channel Keli Rabon, Sandra Barry, Catherine Shelley July 11, 2014
Grayson County Looks to Add Rape Kit Testing KTEN July 10, 2014
Rape kit testing becoming political debate Fox 19 Amy Wagner July 10, 2014
State issues new rules for sexual assault cases Burlington County Times Sharon Lurye July 10, 2014
New Jersey requires longer retention of sex assault medical evidence Greenfield Daily Reporter July 10, 2014
Addressing the Rape Kit Backlog WOSU Public Media July 9, 2014
Ohio leads the way on breaking through the rape kit backlog The Washington Post Mike DeWine and Timothy J. McGinty July 6, 2014
Nearly 1,500 potential rapists identified so far through statewide testing initiative Cleveland.com Jeremy Pelzer July 4, 2014
DeWine releases July Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative update The Pike County Daily July 3, 2014
More must be done to help victims of rape Courier-Post July 3, 2014
DNA matters Toledo Blade July 3, 2014
New state law requires faster processing of rape investigation kits WKZO Andrew Green June 30, 2014
Rape Evidence Backlog The New York Times The Editorial Board June 28, 2014

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