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
DA explains why DNA doesn't exonerate convicted murderer Kenneth Clair Orange County Register Tony Saavedra January 14, 2016
Waiting for rape kit results is 'stab in my heart' Citizen-Times Tonya Maxwell July 18, 2015
Elkhart's Alton Whitener arrested, charged with September 2012 rape The Elkhart Truth Tori Fater October 5, 2015
Elkhart man accused of rape, intimidation could go to jail for more than 150 years The Elkhart Times Tori Fater August 6, 2015
Man arraigned in new cold case sexual asssault The Battle Creek Enquirer Trace Christenson February 27, 2017
Man enters plea in rape kit case Battle Creek Enquirer Trace Christenson May 5, 2017
First charges in rape kit investigations Battle Creek Enquirer Trace Christenson January 18, 2017
Father third in family to be charged with rape Battle Creek Enquirer Trace Christenson August 15, 2017
Battle Creek Man Sentenced to Nearly 80 Years for 2002 Rape Battle Creek Enquirer Trace Christenson February 9, 2018
Police have untested rape kits News Leader Traci Moyer July 8, 2015
A Revolutionary Algorithm To Clear Up Rape Kit Backlogs Vocativ Tracy Clark-Flory September 10, 2016
This State Just Took A Huge Step Toward Solving More Rapes Vocativ Tracy Clark-Flory February 28, 2017
Testing Rape Kit Backlogs Saves Millions Of Dollars Vocativ Tracy Clark-Flory September 7, 2016
Rape kit testing to expand in Nashville Crossroads Today Tracy Kornet October 28, 2016
Changes coming to where, how rape exams are conducted in Nashville WBRC Fox 6 Tracy Kornet October 28, 2016
Fund-raising campaign aims at solving Detroit rape cases Detroit Free Press Tresa Baldas January 6, 2015
$100K will help Wayne Co. clear up rape kits Detroit Free Press Tresa Baldas May 5, 2015
New Georgia law making a dent in the number of untested rape kits The Brookhaven Post Trey Benton December 5, 2016
Feds certify state's unconfirmed sex assault kits Great Falls Tribune Tribune Capitol Bureau July 10, 2017
Trib Editorial: No Excuse for State's Backlog of Untested Rape Kits Trib Live Tribune-Review February 13, 2018
Proposed legislation extends rape prosecution window Your News Now Tricia Bell May 13, 2015
Repeat sex offender arrested, charged with 2012 rape WNDU Tricia Harte August 11, 2015
Minnesota rape kits go untested KARE 11 Trisha Volpe and Steve Eckert July 20, 2015
Fayetteville PD Admits To Destroying Over 300 Sexual Assault Kits After Audit Time Warner Cable News TWC News September 21, 2015
Activists Are Launching A National Effort To Stop Rape Kits From Going In The Trash BuzzFeed Tyler Kingkade March 23, 2017


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