The Backlog

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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
Prosecutor tries to crack thousands of rape cases NPR Michel Martin June 24, 2012
KSP receives $1.8 Million to test backlogged rape kits Ohio County Monitor OC Monitor Staff September 14, 2015
Eliminating the Rape Kit Backlog: A Roundtable to Explore a Victim-Centered Approach Office on Violence Against Women May 10, 2010
Report: At least 70k rape kits remain untested in U.S. police depts PBS NEWSHOUR Hari Sreenivasan July 18, 2015
Several Utah police agencies have stockpiles of unprocessed rape kits The Salt Lake Tribune Erin Albertyand Janelle Stecklein January 3, 2014
Colorado Springs Police have nearly 20% of all untested rape kits in Colorado ABC7 Denver Keli Rabon November 9, 2013
UNFOUNDED: Why police dismiss 1 in 5 sexual assault claims as baseless The Globe and Mail Robyn Doolittle February 3, 2017
Rape kit backlog light in central Indiana RTV 6 ABC Kara Kenney March 27, 2014
Rape victims: Indiana is failing RTV 6 ABC Kara Kenney March 27, 2014
Justice Delayed: A WTOL11 Investigation Toledo News Now Lisa Rotella, Nick Bade February 15, 2012
9 investigates backlog of rape cases in Volusia County WFTV 9 January 5, 2017
Julie Weil takes her story to lawmakers asking for funds to test backlogged rape kits NBC5 WPTV Shannon Cake May 20, 2013
3 Investigates: Destruction of rape kits under review following Channel 3 investigation WRCBTV Beth Burger June 1, 2015
Rape kits found untested at Hollywood PD WSVN News 7 Carmel Cafiero and Danny Cohen January 15, 2014
Hank investigates: shocking backlog in DNA testing of rape kits WHDH NBC Hank Phillippi Ryan June 10, 2013
Darren Sharper's Rape Spree Shows Why Athletes Get Away With Crimes Vice Jessica Luther April 9, 2015
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
Getting Away With It Inlander Mitch Ryals August 10, 2017
Great sexual assault evidence collection policies exist, but continue to be the exception to the rule MuckRock Vanessa Nason July 12, 2017
San Jose’s rape kit backlog is over twice the official count MuckRock Vanessa Nason May 10, 2017
Baltimore prosecutor on woman reporting rape: 'Seems like a conniving little whore' The Washington Post Danielle Paquette August 11, 2016

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