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 California law ends 10-year statute of limitations on rape SF Gate Melody Gutierrez September 28, 2016
WV moves forward on rape kit testing Herald-Dispatch Courtney Hessler September 28, 2016
Rape Kits: Legislators must help eliminate testing backlog The Parkersburg News and Sentinel The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Editorial Board September 28, 2016
Rape Survivors Are Suing to Have Their Rape Kits Processed Vice Beth Winegarner September 28, 2016
Here's Some Good News for Sexual-Assault Victims Mother Jones Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn September 28, 2016
West Virginia receives $1 million for sexual assault kit testing The Register-Herald Wendy Holdren September 27, 2016
Feds Kick In $38M More to Fight Rape-Kit Backlog Courthouse News Service Nick Divito September 27, 2016
Update: Nevada backlog of untested rape kits KOLO 8 News Now Terri Russell September 27, 2016
Man sentenced to life in prison for 1987 rape in Virginia Beach WAVY TV 10 Emily Satchell September 26, 2016
Worthy: 700 untested rape kits left of 11k found in '09 The Detroit News Holly Fournier and Candice Williams September 26, 2016
County Delegates to Press Police About Information on Unfounded Rape Cases Bethesda Magazine Andrew Metcalf September 26, 2016
21 years after her rape, survivor faces attacker in court 10 TV Glenn Mcentyre September 23, 2016
Convict found guilty in 1979 rape, murder of Glendale woman Los Angeles Times Alene Tchekmedyian September 23, 2016
Two men plead not guilty in 32-year-old Greeley rape case Greeley Tribune Tommy Simmons September 23, 2016
Minnesota inmate linked to 7-year-old Platteville sexual assault case Telegraph-Herald September 22, 2016
Rape victims confront attacker at court hearing Baltimore Sun Justin Fenton September 21, 2016
Thumbs down: Slow action on rape kits unfair to public The Herald-Dispatch September 21, 2016
Evidence kit in fridge for years Citizen-Times Paul Eggers September 21, 2016
Hawaii police departments still working to compile stats on untested rape kits Hawaii News Now Mileka Lincoln September 21, 2016
Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office Praised For Clearing Untested Rape Kit Backlog CBS Pittsburgh Bob Allen September 20, 2016
Norwalk woman faces rapist/kidnapper 28-years later Stamford Advocate John Nickerson September 20, 2016
Convicted killer pleads guilty in 1994 rape Columbus Dispatch John Futty September 20, 2016
West Virginia Aims to Eliminate Untested Sexual Assault Kits and Improve Evidence Collection Business Wire September 20, 2016
St. E among first in state to receive certification to address backlog of untested sexual assault kits Northern Kentucky Tribune September 20, 2016
WV's testing of rape kits lags other states The Herald-Dispatch Courtney Hessler September 19, 2016


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