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)sort descending Post Date
Man gets 5 years for 2006 sexual assault of 13-year-old girl in Ford Heights FOX 32 Chicago December 10, 2015
Address the untested rape kit backlog Miami Herald January 6, 2016
State Auditor Tim Keller Launches Statewide “Rape Kit” Backlog Audit Office of the New Mexico State Auditor May 5, 2016
Grant To Help Reduce Backlog of Assault Kits September 11, 2015
DNA Leads To Arrest In Dallas Sexual Assault Case CBS DFW July 31, 2015
CMPD disputes national group's claim of untested rape kit numbers WSCOTV May 20, 2015
Grayson County Looks to Add Rape Kit Testing KTEN July 10, 2014
McCabe named to sexual assault forensic task force Daily Sun Times October 22, 2015
New $1 million facility opened by Memphis police will provide storage for rape evidence Daily Journal December 26, 2015
Sheriff: DNA Match Links Convicted Sex Offender to 2008 Rape Case WHO TV January 18, 2016
Report finds SMC should keep public updated on rape kit testing The San Francisco Examiner July 13, 2016
Localities respond to rape kit testing protocols ABC 13 News Now July 15, 2015
Thousands of Ohio rape kits tested for DNA matches WFMJ May 9, 2015
Serial rapist Michael Irby sentenced for 12th rape WKYC-TV November 24, 2014
Proposed bill could help speed up Florida rape investigations ABC 7 My Suncoast September 18, 2015
DNA helps police find suspect in 2010 Fayetteville sexual assault case WRAL January 27, 2016
Cohen - Championed Rape Kit Backlog Reduction Grants Now Available Congressman Steve Cohen March 10, 2015
#TestTheKits: Thousands of rape kits go untested (Ohio Edition) WKYC July 16, 2015
Sabrina Morrison: Police Negligence Allowed Man To Rape Mentally Disabled Niece For Years Inquistr April 11, 2015
Eliminating the Rape Kit Backlog: A Roundtable to Explore a Victim-Centered Approach Office on Violence Against Women May 10, 2010
Survivors Unite to Lift the Veil on the Rape Kit Backlog RAINN October 28, 2014
DeWine releases August sexual assault kit testing initiative update The Pike County Daily August 5, 2014
Congress OKs bill to cut backlog of untested rape kits Al Jazeera September 19, 2014
9 investigates backlog of rape cases in Volusia County WFTV 9 January 5, 2017
Fixing rape kit backlog in FL to cost at least $9M MS News Now January 5, 2016


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