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 Sourcesort ascending Author(s) Post Date
Cause Celeb: Mariska Hargitay seeks more sexual-assault nurses and an end to rape kit backlogs The Washington Post Sarah Polus June 16, 2017
NYPD captain apologizes after saying ‘true stranger rapes’ are more troubling than others The Washington Post Amy B. Wang January 10, 2017
A rapist left his dentures behind at the crime scene. His name was written inside. But no one looked. The Washington Post Kyle Swenson July 31, 2017
Another 1,250 rape kits to be tested in Va., Attorney General Herring announces The Washington Post Antonio Olivo June 8, 2017
Local man sentenced to 40 years in prison for 2 burglaries, sexual assault Washington Post Keith L. Alexander and Victoria St. Martin January 8, 2016
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
Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Tests Lead to 20 DNA Hits US News & World Report Todd Richmond February 9, 2018
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
Audit: Tennessee Should Require Rape Kit Backlog Update U.S. News & World Report Associated Press January 17, 2018
Officials Report Steady Progress on Rape Kit Backlog US News & World Report Tom James March 20, 2018
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
Albuquerque Mayor Wants Police to Clear Rape Kit Backlog U.S. News & World Report Mary Hudetz January 17, 2018
Prosecutor: Rape Kit Investigations Could Lead to Charges US News & World Report Associated Press March 15, 2018
Work Continues to Get All Rape Kits in Idaho Tested US News & World Report Associated Press January 29, 2018
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


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