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
4,000 Sexual Assault Kits Remain Untested in ABQ Crime Lab KOAT7 Chris Guardaro April 8, 2018
Massachusetts Lawmakers OK Bill Calling for Rape Kit Testing US News & World Report Associated Press April 7, 2018
New Website Will Help Decrease Iowa Rape Kit Backlog CBS2 Iowa Eva Andersen April 6, 2018
Indiana County to Test Decade-Long Backlog of Rape Kits US News & World Report Associated Press April 5, 2018
EDITORIAL: Shameful Negligence by Indiana, Region Law Enforcement Spites Rape Victims NWI Times NWI Times Editorial Board April 5, 2018
Bill Awaiting Gov. Charlie Baker's Signature Creates Inventory of Untested Rape Kits Mass Live Melissa Hanson April 5, 2018
Lake County Officials Will Test Decade’s Worth of Rape Kits, Commit to Series of Reforms NWI Times Lauren Cross April 5, 2018
I Was Raped in 1993 — and No One Tested My Rape Kit for 10 Years New York Post Raquel Laneri April 4, 2018
DNA Tests Lead to New Charges for 2 Convicted Jacksonville Rapists News4Jax Destiny McKeiver April 4, 2018
Representative Jones’ Rape Kit Testing Proposal Now on Governor’s Desk Valley Patriot April 4, 2018
State Legislators Vote on Rape Kit Reform as Part of Criminal Justice Bill Boston Globe Jerome Campbell April 4, 2018
Lake County Prosecutor’s Office, Other Groups to Detail Rape Kit Reforms Wednesday NWI Times Lauren Cross April 4, 2018
Leyva Bill Requiring Rape Kit Testing Passes Senate Public Safety Committee Loscerritos News April 4, 2018
National Group Praises Signing of DNA Bill Register-Herald Andrea Lannom April 4, 2018
Illinois Law Seeks to Improve Sexual Assault Reporting State Journal-Register Associated Press April 2, 2018
Nearly 150 Oklahoma Law Enforcement Agencies Still Haven't Responded to Untested Rape Kit Audit Tulsa World Darla Slipke April 1, 2018
Eye on NY: NY Budget Requires 20-Year Storage Period for Rape Kits Auburn Pub Robert Harding April 1, 2018
Justice Signs Bill to Address DNA Tests in Sexual Assault Cases CNHI News West Virginia Andrea Lannom March 30, 2018
Why Aren’t UT Students Getting Rape Kits? Austin Chronicle Sarah Marloff March 30, 2018
Former MPD Officer Accused of Rape Elects Not to Testify 12 WSFA Kendall Downing March 28, 2018
Ending the Rape Kit Backlog United State of Women United State of Women March 28, 2018
Senator and Survivor Team Up to Help Victims of Sexual Assault K5 News Natalie Brand March 27, 2018
She Went to the ER for a Rape Exam. Her Nurse Didn't Know How to Do One. Chicago Tribune Alison Bowen March 27, 2018
Rape Victim's Daughter: 'I'm Going to Kill Him; I Want Him to Die' WMC Action News 5 Kendall Downing March 27, 2018
Toledo Takes Fresh Look at 1,800 Old Rape Kits Toledo Blade Allison Dunn March 26, 2018


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