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.

Titlesort ascending Source Author(s) Post Date
Women Are Using Social Media as a Megaphone to Confront Nightlife's Rape Problem VICE Michelle Lhooq August 25, 2015
When Detectives Dismiss Rape Reports Before Investigating Them Buzzfeed Alex Campbell and Katie J.M. Baker September 8, 2016
Victims want to #ENDTHEBACKLOG of rape kits HLN Ajyra Cheatham and Natisha Lance April 28, 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
UNFOUNDED: Why police dismiss 1 in 5 sexual assault claims as baseless The Globe and Mail Robyn Doolittle February 3, 2017
Thousands of rape kits wait to be tested CBS News Laura Strickler November 9, 2009
Thousands of rape kits left on evidence shelves unopened KSNV and MyNews3 John Treanor November 1, 2013
Thousands of rape kits are sitting in crime labs untested AOL News Angela Taylor November 20, 2012
Taboo topics: Sexual Assault Daily Nebraskan Erin Mansur March 16, 2015
Sex crime kits explained - How evidence is collected, analyzed, and used in court MLive.com Molly Young April 9, 2015
Several Utah police agencies have stockpiles of unprocessed rape kits The Salt Lake Tribune Erin Albertyand Janelle Stecklein January 3, 2014
Serial indifference Houston Chronicle Anita Hassan April 3, 2017
San Jose’s rape kit backlog is over twice the official count MuckRock Vanessa Nason May 10, 2017
San Francisco Police Dept. finds hundreds of untested rape kits ABC 7 Dan Noyes February 20, 2014
Report: At least 70k rape kits remain untested in U.S. police depts PBS NEWSHOUR Hari Sreenivasan July 18, 2015
Rape victims: Indiana is failing RTV 6 ABC Kara Kenney March 27, 2014
Rape kits still untested by TBI WREG 4 Cindy Wolff July 22, 2013
Rape kits found untested at Hollywood PD WSVN News 7 Carmel Cafiero and Danny Cohen January 15, 2014
Rape kit backlog light in central Indiana RTV 6 ABC Kara Kenney March 27, 2014
Rape in America: Justice Denied CBS News Armen Keteyian and Laura Strickler November 9, 2009
Prosecutor tries to crack thousands of rape cases NPR Michel Martin June 24, 2012
Maryland lawmakers call for uniform police standards on rape kits The Baltimore Sun Alison Knezevich and Catherine Rentz December 9, 2016
Locked Away: Grady Memorial Hospital withheld rape evidence from police, despite victim requests Atlanta Journal Constitution Willoughby Mariano June 13, 2015
Lawmakers, law enforcement take action after ABC15 rape kits investigation ABC15 Dave Biscobing, Lauren Gilger November 20, 2012

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