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) Post Date
New rape evidence law in sync with sex assault statute of limitations Gloucester Times Katie Lannan October 19, 2016
How 110 untested rape kits could expose Chesterfield sexual predators WTVR Claudia Rupcich and Sandra Jones October 19, 2016
Doug Ducey Calls Rape Kit Task Force's Recommendations a 'Step in the Right Direction' Phoenix New Times Griselda Nevarez October 18, 2016
We Made A Difference For 25 Million Survivors Of Sexual Assault — Here's How You Can, Too Refinery29 Amanda Nguyen October 18, 2016
Gov. Ducey commits to cleaning hundreds of backlogged rape kits KTAR News Kathy Cline October 17, 2016
Montana Receives $2 Million to Test and Track Rape Kits Flathead Beacon Molly Priddy October 17, 2016
Regional crime lab moves closer to reality Centennial Colorado Jessica Gibbs October 17, 2016
Joe Thornton: Partnership works to fulfill sexual assault kit initiative The Herald-Dispatch Joe Thornton October 16, 2016
Cold-case DNA match sends Alaska kidnapping, rape suspect to Nevada Alaska Dispatch News Chris Klint October 15, 2016
Brothers Accused In 9-Year Rape Spree Charged Again DNAInfo Joe Ward October 14, 2016
Advocates: Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights Coming to State Legislatures Rewire Christine Grimaldi October 14, 2016
Killer rapist roams Detroit while DNA evidence collects dust Fox 2 Detroit WJBK October 13, 2016
An Old Dominion University student said campus police prevented her from getting rape kit Mic Sarah Harvard October 13, 2016
Police announce man’s arrest in 2004 cold case rape Las Vegas Sun Brandon McGuire October 12, 2016
Justice for survivors of sexual assault in Montana Independent Record Tim Fox October 11, 2016
How America Has Failed Sexual Assault Victims Newstalk Florida Thomas Fernandez October 11, 2016
New U.S. rape survivors law may encourage more to press charges, experts say Daily Mail Sebastien Malo October 10, 2016
Untested rape kits prompting changes in San Diego The San Diego Union-Tribune David Garrick October 10, 2016
HPD destroyed hundreds of untested sex assault kits Hawaii News Now Lynn Kawano October 10, 2016
Long slog ahead to get through Washington state’s 6,000 untested rape kits Yakima Herald Molly Rosbach October 9, 2016
Rape kit testing delay spares sex offender a trial in Hillsborough case with teen victim Tampa Bay Times Dan Sullivan October 9, 2016
26% of Alaska’s 3,800 Backlogged Rape Kits to Be Processed with $1-Million Federal Grant AllGov Julie St. Louis October 9, 2016
LMPD preparing to handle return of 270 rape kits Wave 3 News William Joy October 7, 2016
Wisconsin to test sexual assault kits, help victims ‘move forward’ The Badger Herald Vidushi Saxena October 7, 2016
Obama Just Signed a Bill of Rights for Sexual-Assault Survivors Mother Jones Madison Pauly October 7, 2016


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