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 descending
The Dangerous Rise in Untested Rape Kits Marie Claire Ralph Blumenthal August 11, 2010
The Shocking Numbers On Untested Rape Kits Jezebel August 11, 2010
Ohio attorney general, Richard Cordray, pushes statewide discussion about testing rape kits The Cleveland Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell August 22, 2010
Ohio AG wants uniform rules on rape kit testing Associated Press August 22, 2010
Ohio needs a smart statewide policy on processing rape kits: editorial The Cleveland Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer Editorial Board August 24, 2010
Illinois Sexual Assault Evidence Submission Act Illinois General Assembly September 1, 2010
Lost Justice in Rape Kit Backlog NBC Dallas-Fort Worth Grant Stinchfield September 21, 2010
DNA-testing mandate explored San Francisco Examiner Katie Worth September 26, 2010
Why Are These Rapes Still Unsolved? The Daily Beast Linda Fairstein September 27, 2010
Rape Kit Backlog Hits Primetime on “SVU” Ms. Magazine Susan Rubin October 5, 2010
Illinois' Rape Kit Laws Aid Victims' Healing Yahoo! News Piper Lynch October 11, 2010
LA County On Track To Clear Rape Evidence Backlog CBS Local Los Angeles Associated Press October 16, 2010
Newsvine - Unprocessed DNA Rape Kits leave Assailants to Strike Again Clint Van Zandt October 17, 2010
Man cleared in '84 rape wins $18.5M from NYC MSNBC James Eng October 19, 2010
LA Sheriff SAK Backlog Elimination Program Oct. 2010 Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Dean M. Gialamas October 25, 2010
To Unclog the Backlog, Craig Watkins Joins In Fight Against Rape Kit Insanity With SANE Dallas Observer Andrea Grimes November 1, 2010
Wrestler Mick Foley hits the hill for rape kit legislation Talking Points Memo Megan Carpentier November 8, 2010
Rape kit Investigation: A Year Later CBS News Laura Strickler November 14, 2010
The City looks to advance rape testing San Francisco Examiner Joshua Sabatini December 5, 2010
LAPD's rape kit backlog has been cleared Contra Costa Times C.J. Lin December 9, 2010
Rape kits: LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says progress made analyzing evidence Los Angeles Times Joel Rubin December 9, 2010
NOPD looking to technology for crime fighting initiatives in 2011 WWLTV Eyewitness News Maya Rodriguez January 4, 2011
SF Ordinance calls for faster DNA testing Seth Hemmelgarn January 5, 2011
Working through a backlog of sexual assaults cases in New Orleans The Times-Picayune January 6, 2011
Sexual assault kits untested at HPD KPRC Houston Robert Arnold January 11, 2011


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