The Backlog

Media 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 ascending Post Date
Gov. Markell signs bills for improved gender equality in Delaware News Works Zoe Read July 1, 2015
Rape test kits going untested in Shreve-Bossier Shreveport Times Zach Beaird July 22, 2015
Many rape kits remain untested Shreveport Times Zach Beaird August 4, 2015
After night of terror, years of anguish, she finds meaning The Boston Globe Yvonne Abraham March 22, 2015
Man arrested in 15-year-old Memphis rape case Commercial Appeal Yolanda Jones July 30, 2015
Women Deserve Better Than A Backlog of Over 400,000 Untested Rape Kits Ximena Ramirez March 1, 2015
Man arrested for sexual assault while impersonating cop WUSA Staff WUSA 9 July 21, 2015
Rape kit grant of $1.9M awarded to Kentucky State Police WTVQ WTVQ Web Desk September 11, 2015
District Attorney's reaction to $2 million rape kit grant in Georgia WTOC WTOC Staff September 15, 2015
Rape Crisis Center working to find out if a rape kit back log exists in Chatham County Fox 6 WBRC WTOC Staff March 21, 2015
Victims wait as rape kits go untested WTNH News 8 Staff April 23, 2014
'PERK Kit Work group' set up by Gov. McAuliffe meets today, invites public for comment ABC 8 News WRIC Newsroom September 17, 2015
8News Investigates: 400,000 rape kits in U.S. are never tested ABC 8 WRIC Richmond WRIC November 7, 2013
Fayetteville police: Better handling of rape kit needed WRAL September 21, 2015
Detroit women pledge $600k to solve untested rape-kit crisis New York Times Women In The World October 9, 2015
Outrage over nationwide rape kit backlog Anderson Cooper 360 Wolf Blitzer May 28, 2013
Raleigh man who stole shrimp matches DNA from 2000 rape case WNCN WNCN Staff December 5, 2014
Man sentenced for rape more than decade after assault WMCTV 5 WMCTV Staff January 29, 2014
Local, national leaders gather to tackle rape kit backlog WMC Action News 5 WMC Action News 5 Staff October 20, 2015
Vice President Joe Biden coming to Baltimore to talk about untested rape kits ABC 2 News WMAR Staff March 9, 2015
AG: Ohio has tested 7,000 rape kits, found 2,500+ DNA matches Associated Press WLWT April 9, 2015
Justice Department Honors Professor For Sex Assault Research WLNS WLNS Web Staff April 21, 2015
Police: DNA links suspect to Lakewood rape WKYC-TV WKYC Staff and Sara E. Shookman September 26, 2014
West Side 'Bicycle Rapist' indicted for serial attacks WKYC-TV WKYC Staff March 13, 2015
Convicted murderer indicted for rapes of 3 women WKYC WKYC Staff September 3, 2014


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