The Backlog

News 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
88 suspects identified after GBI tests old rape kits WSB TV Richard Elliott July 24, 2017
Sen. Patty Murray Is Not Giving Up on Rape Kit Legislation Jezebel Prachi Gupta July 24, 2017
Testing old rape kits leads to first indictment in Louisville Courier-Journal Matthew Glowicki July 24, 2017
Director leaving Montana State Crime Lab; AG to appoint replacement Missoulian Jayme Fraser July 23, 2017
Legacy of untested sex assault kits: 'I knew he was still out there' Oregon Live Maxine Bernstein July 23, 2017
DNA hits lead to four new prosecutions so far in three Oregon counties from sexual assault kit tests Oregon Live Maxine Bernstein July 23, 2017
Sex assault victims in Salt Lake County can now get information about the status of their rape kits The Salt Lake Tribune Jessica Miller July 22, 2017
Greeley man convicted of kidnapping in 32-year-old rape case sentenced to 24 years in prison Greeley Tribune Tommy Simmons July 21, 2017
61 cases under investigation as rape kit test results return News 4 JAX Jim Piggott July 21, 2017
Help find out what's happened with 13,931 Ohio rape kits sent for testing The Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell July 20, 2017
Just One Of Alabama’s Counties Accounts For 21 Percent Of Its Rape Cases The Daily Caller Anders Hagstrom July 20, 2017
Coroner halts testing of Cincinnati rape kits: 'We need people and we need to get caught up' Cincinnati.com Cameron Knight July 20, 2017
Jefferson County to test backlogged rape kits with new $1.5 million grant AL.com Ivana Hrynkiw July 20, 2017
Rape kit backlog shrinking, support for victims growing, state officials report Standard-Examiner Nadia Pflaum July 20, 2017
New all-encompassing Sexual Assault Kit Information Line opens in Utah Good 4 Utah Ali Monsen July 19, 2017
Sex assault victims have new advocate, hotline for tracking rape kits Deseret News Pat Reavy July 19, 2017
Hamilton Co. Crime Lab Stops Testing CPD Rape Kits WVXU Jay Hanselman July 19, 2017
How One Seattle Woman’s Assault Led to Proposed Legislation Nationwide Seattle Weekly Sara Bernard July 18, 2017
Sheriff calls Upstate hospital's response to sex assault case 'absolutely unbelievable' WYFF 4 Stephanie Towers July 17, 2017
Online tracking system for sexual assault kits proves successful KIVI TV Stephanie Hale-Lopez July 17, 2017
DNA Found in Midland Helps Identify Rape Suspect in Charlotte Your Basin July 17, 2017
Fayetteville police make progress in sex assaults after 300+ rape kits trashed CBS North Carolina Robert Richardson July 17, 2017
Sheriff's Office: Hospital refused to give victim a sexual assault examination Greenville Online Staff report July 15, 2017
Rape kit testing should not depend on charity San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board July 15, 2017
Idaho becomes first in the nation with online tracking of sexual assault kits Idaho Press-Tribune Emily Lowe July 15, 2017

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