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 Sourcesort descending Author(s) Post Date
San Francisco Police Dept. finds hundreds of untested rape kits ABC 7 Dan Noyes February 20, 2014
Thousands of rape kits are sitting in crime labs untested AOL News Angela Taylor November 20, 2012
Fort Collins PD changes rape kit testing policy ABC7 Denver Keli Rabon November 18, 2012
ABC15 investigation uncovers thousands of rape kits left untested by Vallet law enforcement ABC15 Dave Biscobing, Lauren Gilger November 11, 2012
Lawmakers, law enforcement take action after ABC15 rape kits investigation ABC15 Dave Biscobing, Lauren Gilger November 20, 2012
Locked Away: Grady Memorial Hospital withheld rape evidence from police, despite victim requests Atlanta Journal Constitution Willoughby Mariano June 13, 2015
LA Sheriff SAK Backlog Elimination Program Oct. 2010 Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Dean M. Gialamas October 25, 2010
Investigative Report: How Victim-Blaming Led to the Rape Kit Backlog RH Reality Check Sofia Resnick June 22, 2015
Rape kits still untested by TBI WREG 4 Cindy Wolff July 22, 2013
8News Investigates: What Is The State Doing With Massive Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits? ABC 8 News Ilya Grossman February 23, 2015
Victims wait as rape kits go untested WTNH News 8 WTNH.com Staff April 23, 2014
Untested rape kits linked to crime lab backlog ABC FOX Montana Jackie Coffin November 10, 2016
Maryland lawmakers call for uniform police standards on rape kits The Baltimore Sun Alison Knezevich and Catherine Rentz December 9, 2016
Even after backlogged rape kits tested, convictions are rare CBS News Jericka Duncan and Laura Strickler December 21, 2016
Rape in America: Justice Denied CBS News Armen Keteyian and Laura Strickler November 9, 2009
Thousands of rape kits wait to be tested CBS News Laura Strickler November 9, 2009
Failure to test DNA let Cordova serial rapist continue attacks for decade The Commercial Appeal Marc Perrusquia March 21, 2014
Taboo topics: Sexual Assault Daily Nebraskan Erin Mansur March 16, 2015
Grassroots effort raising money for untested rape kits Fox 2 Detroit Ingrid Kelley October 5, 2015
Victims want to #ENDTHEBACKLOG of rape kits HLN Ajyra Cheatham and Natisha Lance April 28, 2015
Serial indifference Houston Chronicle Anita Hassan April 3, 2017
As rape kits pile up around the state, victims go ignored, predators walk free KVUE Cori Coffin May 1, 2017
Sex crime kits explained - How evidence is collected, analyzed, and used in court MLive.com Molly Young April 9, 2015
Thousands of rape kits left on evidence shelves unopened KSNV and MyNews3 John Treanor November 1, 2013
9 Investigates: Unprocessed Rape Kits News9 Alex Cameron February 9, 2015

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