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)sort descending Post Date
Even after backlogged rape kits tested, convictions are rare CBS News Jericka Duncan and Laura Strickler December 21, 2016
Darren Sharper's Rape Spree Shows Why Athletes Get Away With Crimes Vice Jessica Luther April 9, 2015
Thousands of rape kits left on evidence shelves unopened KSNV and MyNews3 John Treanor November 1, 2013
Rape victims: Indiana is failing RTV 6 ABC Kara Kenney March 27, 2014
Rape kit backlog light in central Indiana RTV 6 ABC Kara Kenney March 27, 2014
Fort Collins PD changes rape kit testing policy ABC7 Denver Keli Rabon November 18, 2012
Colorado Springs Police have nearly 20% of all untested rape kits in Colorado ABC7 Denver Keli Rabon November 9, 2013
Thousands of rape kits wait to be tested CBS News Laura Strickler November 9, 2009
Justice Delayed: A WTOL11 Investigation Toledo News Now Lisa Rotella, Nick Bade February 15, 2012
Failure to test DNA let Cordova serial rapist continue attacks for decade The Commercial Appeal Marc Perrusquia March 21, 2014
Prosecutor tries to crack thousands of rape cases NPR Michel Martin June 24, 2012
Women Are Using Social Media as a Megaphone to Confront Nightlife's Rape Problem VICE Michelle Lhooq August 25, 2015
Getting Away With It Inlander Mitch Ryals August 10, 2017
Sex crime kits explained - How evidence is collected, analyzed, and used in court MLive.com Molly Young April 9, 2015
KSP receives $1.8 Million to test backlogged rape kits Ohio County Monitor OC Monitor Staff September 14, 2015
UNFOUNDED: Why police dismiss 1 in 5 sexual assault claims as baseless The Globe and Mail Robyn Doolittle February 3, 2017
Julie Weil takes her story to lawmakers asking for funds to test backlogged rape kits NBC5 WPTV Shannon Cake May 20, 2013
Investigative Report: How Victim-Blaming Led to the Rape Kit Backlog RH Reality Check Sofia Resnick June 22, 2015
San Jose’s rape kit backlog is over twice the official count MuckRock Vanessa Nason May 10, 2017
Great sexual assault evidence collection policies exist, but continue to be the exception to the rule MuckRock Vanessa Nason July 12, 2017
Locked Away: Grady Memorial Hospital withheld rape evidence from police, despite victim requests Atlanta Journal Constitution Willoughby Mariano June 13, 2015
Victims wait as rape kits go untested WTNH News 8 WTNH.com Staff April 23, 2014

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