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
Tennessee Rape Kits Sit on Shelves, Updates Pending Lebanon Democrat Stephanie Carson February 20, 2018
Eau Claire Man First Person Charged in Sexual Assault Kit Initiative WQOW Samantha Wensel February 20, 2018
First Charges from Wisconsin Rape Kits Testing Involve Fox Valley Case Post Crescent Keegan Kyle February 20, 2018
Leyva Introduces Legislation to Require Testing of Rape Kits East County Today ECT February 20, 2018
A Wrenching Dilemma Washington Post Jessica Contrera February 20, 2018
As TN Rape Kits Sit on Shelves, State Comptroller Urges Update Public News Service Stephanie Carson February 19, 2018
Serial Rapists Don't Necessarily Have an MO Marion Star Sarah Volpenhein February 19, 2018
W.Va. Cuts into Backlog of Sex Assault Kits Logan Banner Courtney Hessler February 18, 2018
North Carolina Unsure How Many Rape Kits Are Left Untested Citizen Times Sam DeGrave February 17, 2018
Bill Would Speed Up Testing of Rape Kits, DNA Herald-Dispatch Taylor Stuck February 16, 2018
APD, University Join Forces on Sexual Assault Kit Research Daily Texan Ravi Teja February 16, 2018
Editorial: State Finally Making Progress on Rape Kit Backlog Herald-Dispatch Lori Wolfe February 15, 2018
Police Had Suspect Name, Sexual Assault Kit but It Took More Than 10 Years to Test Evidence Oregon Live Maxine Bernstein February 14, 2018
Portland Police Make First Conviction from Testing Decades-Old Sex Assault Evidence Kits KGW8 Nina Mehlhaf February 14, 2018
State Crime Lab Head Says Rape Kit Testing is Progressing Spokesman Associated Press February 14, 2018
DNA Helps CMPD Crack 2 Decade-Old Sexual Assault Cases WCNC Alex Shabad February 14, 2018
Trib Editorial: No Excuse for State's Backlog of Untested Rape Kits Trib Live Tribune-Review February 13, 2018
N.Y. Lawmakers Push for Preservation of Rape Kits Times Union Brendan J. Lyons February 13, 2018
NY Pols Call for Stronger Rape Kit Reform Measures New York Daily News Kenneth Lovett February 13, 2018
Sexual Assault Survivor: 'New York Can Do Better' Spectrum News Evan Sery February 13, 2018
Cleveland Rape Kit Case, Chronicled in HBO Film, Highlights Challenges of Prosecuting Old Cases Rachel Dissell February 12, 2018
Study of State’s Backlogged Rape Kits Finds Cost of Crimes to Victims, Taxpayers Exceeds $4.2 Million Kentucky Forward Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs February 12, 2018
Wisconsin Inmate Sentenced in Portland Sex Crimes KOIN6 Brent Weisberg February 12, 2018
Tracking System Would Improve Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Monitoring Missourian Kaitlin Washburn February 12, 2018
WV Cuts into Backlog of Sex Assault Kits Herald-Dispatch Courtney Hessler February 11, 2018


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