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
Man who spent 22 years in prison for rape he didn't commit faces long legal battle with NYC over $18 million jury award NY Daily News Victoria Bekiempis January 22, 2016
Biden Announces Grants to End Rape Kit Bavklog Newsweek Victoria Bekiempis and Michele Richinick September 10, 2015
3,400 and counting: Untested rape kits discovered in statewide audit The Northern Light Victoria Petersen September 12, 2016
Changing the statute of limitations for sexual assault 9 News Victoria Sanchez September 15, 2015
Hundreds of rape kits inside Jackson Police Dept. WBBJ-TV Victoria Taylor June 19, 2014
Wisconsin to test sexual assault kits, help victims ‘move forward’ The Badger Herald Vidushi Saxena October 7, 2016
Sexual assault test kits can give people freedom, more control over assault The Badger Herald Vidushi Saxena October 25, 2016
These Detroit Rape Kit Statistics Could Mean There Are 29,000 Unknown Serial Rapists In The U.S. Bustle Virginia Chamlee December 19, 2017
Bill mandates deadlines for rape kit testing Michigan Public Radio Virginia Gordan April 24, 2014
Tens of thousands of rape kits go untested across United States USA Today Visalia Times-Delta August 7, 2015
Thousands May End In Jail As Law Enforcers Process Rape Kit Test Results International Business Times Vittorio Hernandez June 1, 2015
SF Police Told To Submit Regular Reports On Rape-Kit Backlog San Francisco Gate Vivian Ho April 21, 2016
Shock find of rape kits at Berlin station The Daily Dispatch Vuvu Vena February 6, 2014
PA House OKs bill to put sexual assault investigations on fast track FOX 43 VWaltz April 15, 2015
Jury reaches guilty verdict in decades-old rape case WAFF 48 Digital Staff August 26, 2015
West Michigan police chiefs explain untested rape kits WWMT Walter Smith-Randolph January 28, 2016
For Baltimore rape victims, added pain Washington Post Editorial Board Washington Post Editorial Board August 12, 2016
Maryland has to address its rape kit backlog The Washington Post Washington Post Editorial Board February 5, 2017
Is Maryland giving rape victims short shrift? Washington Post Washington Post Editorial Board September 15, 2016
Rally held to raise awareness of violence against women & rape kit backlog WREG Memphis Wayne Carter February 13, 2015
Suspect in 2010 Fort Lauderdale rape found in North Carolina, cops say Sun Sentinel Wayne K. Roustan September 29, 2015
Man charged with armed kidnapping, rape in 2010 Hollywood case Sun Sentinel Wayne K. Roustan September 25, 2014
Rape kit's testing leads to arrest in 2006 assault on teenager in Hollywood Sun-Sentinel Wayne K. Roustan August 6, 2014
State Lawmakers Briefed on County Police Sexual Assault Kits Backlog Hawaii Public Radio Wayne Yoshioka December 15, 2016
Enough SAID: Time to Test Lingering Backlog of Rape Kits WDET-FM WDET-FM interview with President & CEO of Michigan Women's Foundation Carolyn Cassin January 7, 2015


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