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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 Sourcesort ascending Author(s) Post Date
Maryland's untested rape kits, Baltimore's sex assault investigations are shameful The Washington Post Petula Dvorak August 25, 2016
Maryland police bypassing federal funds for rape kit testing The Baltimore Sun AP April 9, 2017
Colorado High Court Rules Sex Offenders Can Be Charged for Rape Kits U.S. News & World Report Tom James June 5, 2017
Wyoming Man Faces Rape Charges Dating Back to 1974 U.S. News & World Report AP July 12, 2017
The Latest: Schimel Didn't Understand Rape Kit Question US News & World Report AP May 16, 2017
New Laws Aim to Help Victims of Sexual Violence, Trafficking U.S. News & World Report AP April 7, 2017
Utah Crime Lab to Speed up Sexual Assault Testing U.S. News & World Report Hallie Golden April 6, 2017
Texas Legislature Advances Rape Kit Backlog Donation Bill U.S. News & World Report AP May 17, 2017
Woman's Sex Assault Kit Not Tested Until 5 Years After Rape U.S. News & World Report AP June 13, 2017
Law: North Carolina Police Must Inventory Untested Rape Kits U.S. News & World Report Christina Sandidge June 29, 2017
Idaho Moves to Adopt New Rape Kit Retention Standards U.S. News & World Report AP April 6, 2017
Recently Tested Rape Kits Match Known Criminals U.S. News & World Report AP June 14, 2017
California Lawmakers May Require Untested Rape Kit Reporting U.S. News & World Report Sophia Bollag April 27, 2017
More Than 2,000 Untested Rape Kits in Wisconsin Involve Possible Child Victims USA Today Keegan Kyle September 11, 2017
Toledo man sentenced to 43 years in prison in 1998 case The Blade Jennifer Feehan August 21, 2017
State's cold-case initiative pays off with convictions in rape cases Toledo Blade Jennifer Feehan October 5, 2015
Untested Rape Kits: FAQ The Marshall Project Clare Sestanovich February 27, 2015
New Law Lets Texas Drivers Help Tackle The State's Rape Kit Testing Backlog Texas Tribune Jim Malewitz September 18, 2017
Why don’t local police departments pay for rape kit testing? The Texas Tribune Alex Samuels June 23, 2017
Texas Senate advances bill to crowdfund rape kit testing The Texas Tribune Jim Malewitz May 17, 2017
Proposed law would crowdfund donations to help with rape kit backlog The Texas Tribune Neena Satija March 13, 2017
New York City's Public Hospitals Have Destroyed 840 Untested Rape Kits in the Past 5 Years Teen Vogue Lauren Rearick November 29, 2017
Mold found in containers of about 850 Austin police rape kits Austin American-Statesman Tony Plohetski June 27, 2017
St. Joseph County Leads State in Untested Rape Kits South Bend Tribune Ted Booker December 6, 2017
Who's to Blame for Untested Rape Kits in St. Joseph County? South Bend Tribune Ted Booker December 8, 2017

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