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 descending
Oregon making progress on backlogged rape kits KTVZ Lauren Melink June 19, 2017
Portland police had suspect name, sex assault kit in 2011, but it took 5 years to test evidence OregonLive Maxine Bernstein June 19, 2017
Where Are the Rape-Kit Nurses? The New York Times Brittany Bronson June 20, 2017
Justice for victims The Register-Guard The Register-Guard Editorial Board June 23, 2017
Why don’t local police departments pay for rape kit testing? The Texas Tribune Alex Samuels June 23, 2017
Man sentenced to 100 years in 1985 Charlotte rape WCNC June 23, 2017
New website designed to support sex assault victims, keep tabs on kit testing KHON 2 June 23, 2017
Hawaii's sexual assault survivors can now track the progress of their rape kits online KITV Brenton Awa June 24, 2017
If State Government Shuts Down, Some Legislation That Passed Could Be Scrapped Seattle Weekly Sara Bernard June 26, 2017
Another unfortunate way N.C. is unique The Charlotte Observer The Charlotte Observer Editorial Board June 26, 2017
Serial rapist sentenced to 40 years in prison after plea agreement The Athens News David DeWitt June 27, 2017
Mold found in containers of about 850 Austin police rape kits Austin American-Statesman Tony Plohetski June 27, 2017
Approximately 850 Rape Kit Containers in Austin Found Infested with Mold Jezebel Madeleine Davies June 27, 2017
Prosecutors investigating 194 untested Kalamazoo rape kits MLive Malachi Barrett June 28, 2017
Orange County supervisors pass $6.2 billion budget, which increases deputies’ pay, hires more forensic scientists The Orange County Register Jordan Graman June 28, 2017
Nearly 850 Used Rape Kits Were Found Infested With Mold Refinery29 Kasandra Brabaw June 28, 2017
Hundreds of rape kits gather mold in storage at Austin Police Department Dallas News Abigail Shaw June 28, 2017
Nearly 850 backlogged rape kits were found infested with mold in Texas Mic Marie Solis June 28, 2017
Hundreds of Rape Kits Remain Untested in Santa Clara County San Jose Inside Jennifer Wadsworth June 28, 2017
New money means more GBI scientists to test rape kits for DNA The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Rhonda Cook June 28, 2017
Almost 850 Untested Rape Kits Found Growing Mold In Austin Police Storage HuffPost Alanna Vagianos June 28, 2017
Hundreds Of Rape Kits In Texas Were Neglected For So Long They Literally Grew Mold Refinery29 Kasandra Brabaw June 28, 2017
Law: North Carolina Police Must Inventory Untested Rape Kits U.S. News & World Report Christina Sandidge June 29, 2017
Idaho Lawmaker Raises Awareness About Rape Kit Legislation And Sexual Assault Boise State Public Radio Frankie Barnhill June 30, 2017
A North Carolina Law Is Taking Aim At Untested Rape Kits Refinery29 Kimberly Truong June 30, 2017


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