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
East Bay Resident Faces Charges for Rape and Murder, Implicated by Previously Untested Rape Kit Daily Californian Alicia Kim March 23, 2018
Kettering Stranger Rape Victim: ‘I Will Never Be That Person Again’ Dayton Daily News Mark Gokavi March 22, 2018
Ex-Las Vegas Police Officer Could Face Death Penalty in 1997 Case Las Vegas Review-Journal David Ferrara March 22, 2018
Ronen Takes on ‘Appalling Systemic Failures’ in Handling of Rape Cases SF Weekly Nuala Sawyer March 21, 2018
Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Task Force Is Making Progress KXLH9 Lindsey Ford March 21, 2018
Oregon to Implement Statewide Rape Kit Tracking System KDRV12 Eliana Sheriff March 21, 2018
Officials Report Steady Progress on Rape Kit Backlog US News & World Report Tom James March 20, 2018
New Research from CWRU Reveals Information Previously Known about Serial Rapists to be Wrong ABC5 Homa Bash March 20, 2018
In Our View: Process Rape Kits Columbian March 19, 2018
New DNA Tests Prompt Arrest of Serial Rape Suspect News4Jax Corley Peel March 19, 2018
Editorial: Changing Bay Area’s Rape Kit Backlog Requires Change in Police Culture San Francisco Chronicle Chronicle Editorial Board March 16, 2018
Efforts to Clear California’s Rape Kit Testing Backlog Fall Short San Francisco Chronicle Melody Gutierrez & Kimberly Veklerov March 16, 2018
Prosecutor: Rape Kit Investigations Could Lead to Charges US News & World Report Associated Press March 15, 2018
Bay Area Leaders Outraged at Berkeley Police Lapse on Rape Kit San Francisco Chronicle Melody Gutierrez March 15, 2018
Last of Detroit Rape Kits Recovered in ’09 to be Tested Detroit News Orlandar Brand-Williams March 15, 2018
Man Who Stayed Free While Rape Kit Went Untested Is Accused of 2015 Murder San Francisco Chronicle Melody Gutierrez March 14, 2018
Fayetteville Police Make Arrest in 2011 Rape Case ABC11 Morgan Norwood March 13, 2018
New Research Shows What We Know (and Don't) About Serial Rapists News Wise Case Western Reserve University March 12, 2018
Defendant in 2008 Berkeley Sexual Assault Case Faces New Albany Murder Charge Berkeleyside Emilie Raguso March 12, 2018
Lawmakers Aim to Require All Rape Kits to be Tested across California KCRA3 Kathy Park March 12, 2018
California Lawmakers Introduce Bills to End Rape Kit Backlog KCRA3 Kathy Park March 12, 2018
Durham Police Hold The Most Untested Sexual-Assault Evidence Kits in NC. Why? News & Observer Joe Johnson March 5, 2018
How Pa.’s Backlog of Untested Rape Kits 'Denies Justice’ for Victims Centre Daily Times Kelsey Thomasson March 5, 2018
Local Rape Victims in Limbo over Evidence Issues KHOU11 Jeremy Rogalski March 5, 2018
Legislators Unite with Advocates to Revamp Rights for Sexual Assault Survivors Legislative Gazette Alexa Appel March 5, 2018


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