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.

Title Source Author(s) Post Datesort ascending
Answering the nagging questions about those 3,800 untested rape kits Alaska Dispatch News Jill Burke July 28, 2016
Ohio Supreme Court reverses decision in Cleveland rape kit case that drew national attention Rachel Dissell July 28, 2016
Montana Task Force Needs Funds, FBI To Test Rape Kits Montana Public Radio Mara Silvers July 26, 2016
By bringing forgotten rape kits out of storage, Alaska may deliver long-overdue justice Alaska Dispatch News Jill Burke July 25, 2016
Nevada's backlogged rape kits yield 44 hits so far KSNV News3 Las Vegas John Treanor July 20, 2016
A Disturbing Trend: Evidence in Rape Cases Often Goes Untested The Seattle Times Elaine Porterfield July 19, 2016
Colorado eliminates backlog of rape test kits, identifies suspects in hundreds of old cases The Denver Post Noelle Phillips July 16, 2016
Inside look at lab's analysis of VA's untested rape kits WEVC Laura Geller July 14, 2016
Rape kit backlog cleared: Civil grand jury reviews sheriff’s crime lab The Daily Journal Samantha Weigel July 14, 2016
Report finds SMC should keep public updated on rape kit testing The San Francisco Examiner July 13, 2016
Erykah Badu to donate concert funds to aid Detroit rape kit project Detroit Free Press Rochelle Riley July 11, 2016
State auditor holding meeting about rape kit backlog KOAT 7 Albuquerque Sasha Lenninger July 11, 2016
Cuyahoga County leads the nation in its rape kit response with 500th indicted man Rachel Dissell June 30, 2016
State audit underway of untested sexual assault evidence kits Las Cruces Sun-News Steve Ramirez June 29, 2016
The cost of testing rape kits: Experts say it's saved us $38.7 million so far Rachel Dissell June 29, 2016
Ohio prosecutor to announce 500th indictment from rape kits Hometown Stations June 29, 2016
Law ensuring sex assault evidence kits processing up for approval Poughkeepsie Journal Amanda J. Purcell June 29, 2016
Men to Join Detroit Effort to Pay for Rape Kit Testing Detroit Free Press Rochelle Riley June 28, 2016
TBI working to clear backlog of sexual assault kits in the state WKRN TV Nashville Brent Remadna June 27, 2016
Assembly Passes Simotas' Rape Kit Bill The Times Ledger Bill Parry June 23, 2016
Arizona law enforcement revising stance on rape kits Arizona Daily Sun June 21, 2016
New Data Show At Least 3400 Untested Rape Kits in Iowa Des Moines Register Barbara Rodriguez June 19, 2016
City police in N.C. destroyed rape kits in more than 1,000 cases The News & Observer Fred-Clasen Kelly June 11, 2016
City police in N.C. destroyed rape kits in more than 1,000 cases The News & Observer Fred Clasen-Kelly June 11, 2016
Rape kit tests in Ohio find more than half of sexual assaults committed by serial rapists The New York Times WITW STAFF June 9, 2016


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