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.

Titlesort descending Source Author(s) Post Date
New York Lawmakers Vote For Funding Needed To Clear State’s Rape Kit Backlog CBS New York December 5, 2016
3,400 and counting: Governor calls for inventory of untested rape kits in Alaska KTVA Alaska Daniella Rivera August 29, 2016
A Disturbing Trend: Evidence in Rape Cases Often Goes Untested The Seattle Times Elaine Porterfield July 19, 2016
California may soon eliminate the statute of limitations for rape charges Washington Post Wonkblog Danielle Paquette September 7, 2016
City Gives Council Vague Update On Thousands Of Untested Rape Kits WREG Memphis Adam Hammond January 21, 2014
Colorado Springs Police have nearly 20% of all untested rape kits in Colorado ABC7 Denver Keli Rabon November 9, 2013
Defendant in 2008 Berkeley Sexual Assault Case Faces New Albany Murder Charge Berkeleyside Emilie Raguso March 12, 2018
Ducey names task force to clear rape kit backlog Mohave Valley Daily News January 28, 2016
First of 21 "John Does" sought from rape kit DNA identified WCPO 9 Cincinnati NewsNet5 Staff January 31, 2014
Justice delayed: Texas man first to be cleared by DNA review of old rape kits The Christian Science Monitor Stacy Teicher Khadaroo July 25, 2014
Local Rape Victims in Limbo over Evidence Issues KHOU11 Jeremy Rogalski March 5, 2018
MPD Director: We're 'sending' 400 backlogged rape kits a month WMC-TV 5 Kontji Anthony December 17, 2013
NYPD captain apologizes after saying ‘true stranger rapes’ are more troubling than others The Washington Post Amy B. Wang January 10, 2017
Scrutinizing sexual violence The Baltimore Sun Alex DeMetrick October 28, 2016
Special prosecutors to tackle untested rape kits in 3 new counties Michigan Radio Kate Wells September 30, 2016
State law change expedites process for sexual assault exam kits Gainesville Times Nick Watson November 27, 2016
"Bicycle rapist" Joe Brown pleads guilty to three rapes Ida Lieszkovasky September 10, 2015
"I remember those eyes, Victim Recalls 1995 Rape at Trial New York Post Kenneth Garger and Laura Italiano June 8, 2016
"Rape Kits" Task Force unveils current status of untested kits in Memphis FOX 13 Memphis Tony Atkins November 15, 2016
"Why didn't she go to the police?" Rape culture runs deep in law enforcement The Huffington Post Rebecca Griffin August 16, 2016
#ENDTHEBACKLOG: Michigan Task Force Receives $3M to Fund Rape Investigations and Prosecutions Blue Nation Review Goldie Taylor May 20, 2015
#TestTheKits Ohio at forefront of rape kit testing WKYC Monica Robins July 17, 2015
#TestTheKits: 44 DNA hits made in Virginia's rape kit backlog 13 News Now Laura Gellar May 25, 2017
#TestTheKits: Law enforcement policies on sexual assault kits 13 WMAZ Paula Rotondo July 16, 2015
#TestTheKits: New grant will eliminate untested rape kit backlog 13 News Now Laura Geller January 11, 2017


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