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
When will the New Orleans Police Department make solving rapes a priority?: Editorial The Picayune Times The Editorial Board December 20, 2014
Inspector general can help keep NOPD on track: Editorial The Editorial Board September 9, 2015
Victims abandoned when police let untested rape evidence kits stack up: Editorial The Picayune Times The Editorial Board January 28, 2015
Thumb down: Report confirms thousands of untested sexual assault kits in Florida TC Palm The Editorial Board January 8, 2016
Editorial: W.Va. needs to get moving on rape kit testing The Herald-Dispatch The Herald-Dispatch Editorial Board August 28, 2016
When Time Is of the Essence: A Review of Collection, Transport, Handling and Analysis of Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kits and Toxicology Kits in Massachusetts Massachusetts Senate The Massachusetts Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversight October 22, 2013
From the Daily: Alleviating injustice The Michigan Daily The Michigan Daily June 18, 2014
Man guilty of 26 year-old rape and kidnapping in Andover The Newbury Current The Newbury Current Staff May 19, 2014
Rape Kits: Legislators must help eliminate testing backlog The Parkersburg News and Sentinel The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Editorial Board September 28, 2016
Ohio needs a smart statewide policy on processing rape kits: editorial The Cleveland Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer Editorial Board August 24, 2010
Justice for victims The Register-Guard The Register-Guard Editorial Board June 23, 2017
DOJ gives $41M to help end rape kit backlog MSNBC The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart September 10, 2015
Editorial: Threat of jail may get Utah crime lab's attention The Salt Lake Tribune The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board November 29, 2016
Seattle police to do DNA testing on all rape kits Christine Clarridge The Seattle Times January 22, 2014
Measure extending statute of limitations in rape cases passes House My Web Times The Times Staff April 17, 2015
Eliminate rape kit backlog The Times-Tribune The Times-Tribune Editorial Board September 10, 2016
Editorial: At last, Virginia addresses backlog of untested rape kits The Virginian-Pilot The Virginian-Pilot Editorial Board June 19, 2017
Virginia deserves applause for its work to eliminate a rape kit backlog The Washington Post The Washington Post Editorial Board June 19, 2017
Special Report: SWLA sexual assault kits are tested in timely manner KPLC Theresa Schmidt November 12, 2015
Mobile police nab suspect 20 years after rape, aim to retest 1,700 rape kits with new technology Theresa Seiger April 22, 2015
#TestTheKits: Sacramento County works to clear rape kit backlog News 10 ABC Thom Jensen July 16, 2015
How America Has Failed Sexual Assault Victims Newstalk Florida Thomas Fernandez October 11, 2016
It Took Two Years for a DNA Test to Connect a Louisville Man with Raping a 14-Year-Old Louisville Courier Journal Thomas Novelly April 9, 2018
Latest numbers: how many rape kits still need to be tested WCYB Tiana Bohner July 20, 2015
State crime lab makes headway in testing thousands of Code-R kits statewide FOX 13 SLC Tiffany DeMasters January 19, 2016


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