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 Datesort ascending
Rape Kit Testing Progressing in State Albuquerque Journal Tim Keller October 28, 2017
Turnaround for DNA Evidence in APD Cases Speeding Up Fox7 Jennifer Kendall October 28, 2017
Records Show Majority of Collected Rape Kits Are Never Tested Fox42 Steve Saunders October 27, 2017
The Credit Cy Vance Deserves for Aiding Sexual Assault Victims NY Daily News Natasha Alexenko October 25, 2017
33 Years Later, Woman's Attackers Brought to Justice 9News Anastasiya Bolton October 24, 2017
Charlotte Is Far Behind on Testing Rape Kits. This Is How Police Hope to Catch Up Charlotte Observer Charlotte Observer Staff October 24, 2017
Rape Kit Tracking Funding Concurring Votes Away from Passage WCMU Cheyna Roth October 23, 2017
Legislation To Fund Rape Kit Tracking Moves Closer To Passage WEMU Cheyna Roth October 23, 2017
Maryland Fails (Again) to Get Federal Funds to Process Untested Rape Kits Baltimore Sun Catherine Rentz October 21, 2017
Backlogs: More Resources Needed to Test Evidence Kits Parkersburg News & Sentinel October 20, 2017
Police Told Rape Victims They Would 'Look Like a Slut on Trial': How Law Enforcement Fails Women Newsweek Josh Saul October 20, 2017
Man Wonders If His Grandmother’s Rape Could Have Been Prevented WREG Memphis Jessica Gertler October 19, 2017
DOJ Launches Website Tracking Backlog of Untested Sexual Assault Kits Badger Herald Kai Brito October 18, 2017
Former Lyft Driver Just Arrested for Sex Assault That Happened Years Ago Fox7 Bridget Spencer October 17, 2017
Savage 2002 Attack of Blind Woman One of Two Cold Case Rapes Solved by Sexual Assault Kit Task Force, Prosecutors Announce Cleveland.com Rachel Dissell October 17, 2017
Jacksonville Man Found Guilty of 3 Counts of Sexual Battery News4Jax October 13, 2017
Idaho Has Come A Long Way in Dealing with Sexual Assault Idaho Press Tribune Rep. Melissa Winthrow & Police Chief Craig Kingsbury October 13, 2017
Thousands Awaiting Justice Are Closer to Day in Court WPSD Local 6 Blake Stevens October 12, 2017
Montana Received A Grant and New Guidelines to Process Rape Kits More Effectively ABC Fox Montana Kaitlin Miller October 12, 2017
California Law Enforcement Agencies Will Have to Count and Preserve All of Their Untested Rape Kits Los Angeles Times Jazmine Ulloa October 12, 2017
Community Newsletter: Racine County’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Announced The Journal Times Samantha Sustachek October 12, 2017
AG Herring to Host Conference as Part of Project to Eliminate Backlog of Untested Rape Kits 8News Danielle Guichard October 12, 2017
Police Refuse to Test 4-Year-Old's Sexual Assault Kit Indy Star Marisa Kwiatkowski October 12, 2017
Rape-Kit Testing Aided by Fed Grant Chinook Observer Natalie St. John October 10, 2017
As Crime Lab Cases Climb, Montana Aims to Make Sex Assault Evidence Kits More Efficient Montana Standard Holly K. Michels October 10, 2017

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