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 descending Author(s) Post Date
Idaho's rape charges rarely result in sex crime convictions Idaho State Journal Kimberlee Kruesi July 25, 2017
Nation Has Epidemic of Rape Kits Sitting on Shelves for Years. One Serial Rapist Went Free for Over Decade... Independent Journal Review Jed Smith December 15, 2016
Why We Cosponsored A Bill To Give Sexual Assault Victims A Bill of Rights Independent Journal Review Congresswoman Mimi Walters and Congressman Darrell Issa September 14, 2016
Battling rape on campus Illinois Times Patrick Yeagle May 7, 2015
Reducing the rape kit testing backlog Illinois Times Patrick Yeagle May 28, 2015
Colorado Senate Advances Bill To Strengthen Colleges' Rape Kit Rules Rocky Mountain PBS I-News Kristin Jones April 20, 2015
Plano man sentenced to 70 years for aggravated sexual assault Press Releases September 18, 2015
Atlanta has more untested rape evidence than USA Today tally reveals AJC Willoughby Mariano July 16, 2015
Investigation: Grady hospital's troubles with rape victims are even worse than acknowledged Atlanta Journal-Constitution Willoughby Mariano August 7, 2015
Grady was supposed to refund rape victims. Instead, they billed them. Again Willoughby Mariano August 14, 2015
State forensic lab deluged with untested DNA from sexual assault cases Willoughby Mariano October 8, 2015
How Grady Memorial Hospital proposes to fix its rape kit problem Willoughby Mariano October 14, 2015
Police: 1,500 sexual assault kits need testing? Meh. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Willoughby Mariano December 7, 2015
Untested Grady Memorial Hospital rape kits slated for DNA analysis Atlanta Journal Constitution Willoughby Mariano January 19, 2016
Ga. senator defends move to block rape evidence bill but gets some facts wrong Atlanta Constitution Journal Willoughby Mariano March 16, 2016
Locked Away: Grady Memorial Hospital withheld rape evidence from police, despite victim requests Atlanta Journal Constitution Willoughby Mariano June 13, 2015
Mesquite man facing charges in three cases Ion Mesquite Kent Miller January 29, 2016
Guest Column: Testing rape kits is an issue of public safety Pam Bondi September 11, 2015
Longtime cold case solved with DNA in Fernandina Beach Dan Scanlan February 26, 2015
Rape-test kits backlogged across country; Jacksonville addresses the issue Derek Gilliam June 3, 2015
Rape kit testing concerns continue to be raised as some progress develops Dan Scanlan July 23, 2015
State releases Florida rape kit backlog assessment results Dan Scanlan January 4, 2016
Officials Tout Progress Reducing Backlog Untested Rape Kits The Florida Times Union Saphara Harrell April 5, 2016
The Shocking Numbers On Untested Rape Kits Jezebel August 11, 2010
The Rape Kit Story We Don't Want to Read Anymore Jezebel Irin Carmon January 27, 2011


keep up with backlog news

END THE BACKLOG is a JOYFUL HEART FOUNDATION initiative and a proud supporter of