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.

Titlesort ascending Source Author(s) Post Date
Years delayed, Detroit starts testing rape kits for evidence NPR WlRN Florida Editorial Staff December 29, 2012
WUSA9 Follow-Up: Dozens of rape survivors get justice WUSA9 Debra Alfarone August 12, 2014
WSVP crime lab: Rape kit backlog a solvable problem Charleston Gazette Erin Beck September 28, 2014
Wrestler Mick Foley hits the hill for rape kit legislation Talking Points Memo Megan Carpentier November 9, 2010
Worthy says everyone should be worried about untested Detroit rape kits The Macomb Daily Jameson Cook May 15, 2014
Worthy praises teamwork on rape kit processing progress Julie Brown September 16, 2014
Worthy and UPS team up to track rape kits like online packages with new pilot program in Detroit WXYZ (ABC7) Heather Catallo November 4, 2014
Working through a backlog of sexual assaults cases in New Orleans The Times-Picayune January 7, 2011
Work to end the rape kit backlog The Tampa Tribune Sarah Tofte August 30, 2013
Work For Rape Victims Moves Forward KCSG Elizabeth Roberts April 17, 2014
Women claim race played a factor in rape kit testing Stephanie Scurlock September 12, 2014
Woman's lawsuit claims Harvey failed to test rape kit Chicago Tribune Dawn Rhodes March 22, 2012
With new law, Ohio continues trend toward national leadership on rape kit testing The Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell December 19, 2014
Why Won't Washington Work: Funding to fix backlog of 400,000 untested rape kits stuck in Congress CNN Jake Tapper December 11, 2014
Why rapists have a 76 percent chance of getting away with the crime The Birmingham News Sarah Tofte August 25, 2013
Why did rape kits sit for so long untested? Marietta Times December 11, 2014
Why Are These Rapes Still Unsolved? The Daily Beast Linda Fairstein September 28, 2010
When will the New Orleans Police Department make solving rapes a priority?: Editorial The Picayune Times The Editorial Board December 20, 2014
When is a kit not a kit? Best of New Orleans Alex Woodward December 29, 2014
Weekly Wrap Up: Rape Kit Backlog 4WomenWorldwide Shelley Seyler January 29, 2011
Wayne County Prosecutor's Office works to test 11,000 Detroit rape kits to reveal suspects Click On Detroit Chauncey Glover August 30, 2013
Wayne County must put safety of its communities first: Sarah Tofte Detroit Free Press Sarah Tofte June 6, 2013
Virginia Legislature Senate Bill 658 Virginia General Assembly Richard H. Black and Adam Ebbin January 17, 2014
Victims wait on untested rape kits The Tennessean Brian Haas April 14, 2014
Victims wait for justice as rape kits sit in lab backlogs WLKY Louisville Mark Vanderhoff July 28, 2014


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