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 ascending Post Date
Gov. Markell signs bills for improved gender equality in Delaware News Works Zoe Read July 1, 2015
Sheriff's Office working to bring justice to Robbins rape victims Chicago Tribune Zak Koeske May 27, 2016
Many rape kits remain untested Shreveport Times Zach Beaird August 4, 2015
Rape test kits going untested in Shreve-Bossier Shreveport Times Zach Beaird July 22, 2015
Rape Kit Backlog Decreasing as Funding Remains Uncertain Las Vegas Sun Yvonne Gonzalez April 17, 2018
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
Sheriff's Office New Policy Will Affect All Rape Kits Collected Fox29 Yami Virgin December 18, 2017
Fox San Antonio Investigates Sexual Assault Case Handling by SAPD Fox San Antonio Yami Virgin November 15, 2017
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 20, 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
DNA testing of Virginia’s rape kit backlog leads to ‘hits’ in Va. Beach, Fairfax WRIC/WAVY May 25, 2017
'PERK Kit Work group' set up by Gov. McAuliffe meets today, invites public for comment ABC 8 News WRIC Newsroom September 17, 2015
Fayetteville police: Better handling of rape kit needed WRAL September 21, 2015
Campus Sexual Assault Bills Introduced in Nebraska Legislature 1011 Now WOWT January 8, 2018
Tulsa World Editorial: Law Enforcement Faces Governor's Orders to Process Rape Kits Tulsa World World's Editorial Writers January 28, 2018
In wake of Cosby scandal, California removes statute of limitations for rape charges NYT Live Women in the World Staff September 29, 2016
Woman had to visit 3 hospital emergency rooms before finally being given a rape kit The New York Times Women in the World Staff August 28, 2016
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 27, 2013
Raleigh man who stole shrimp matches DNA from 2000 rape case WNCN WNCN Staff December 5, 2014


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