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
I Was Raped in 1993 — and No One Tested My Rape Kit for 10 Years New York Post Raquel Laneri April 4, 2018
Joyful Heart Reveals Rape Kit Backlog Data, But More Remains Unknown Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan May 20, 2015
The socioeconomics of the Rape Kit Backlog Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan May 12, 2015
Houston Finds 850 DNA Matches after Eliminating Rape Kit Backlog The Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan February 26, 2015
FY2016 Budget Proposes $41M Program to End Rape Kit Backlog The Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan February 3, 2015
Manhattan DA Pledges $35M Nationally to Test Backlogged Rape Kits Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan November 13, 2014
Serial Rapists Go Unidentified as Foundations Pony Up for Rape Kit Processing Nonprofit Quarterly Ruth McCambridge June 5, 2014
Insult atop Indignity: Rape Survivors Billed for Forensic Exams Nonprofit Quarterly Erin Rubin November 29, 2017
Senate Passes Bill Establishing Basic Rights for Sexual Assault Victims Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan May 26, 2016
New Kentucky Bill Requires Rape Kits Be Tested Within 30 Days Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan January 13, 2016
New Memphis Rape-Kit Facility a Model for Other Cities Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan December 15, 2015
Rape and Punishment: How a Campaign to Analyze Old DNA Evidence Is Impacting Survivors Vice News Liz Fields June 22, 2015
TPD Gets Grant to Analyze Sexual Assault Evidence Arizona Public Media Mariana Dale September 17, 2015
24 Years Later, DNA Leads to Arrest in Manhattan Attack on a Girl The New York Times James C. McKinley, Jr. May 4, 2017
Nearly 850 backlogged rape kits were found infested with mold in Texas Mic Marie Solis June 28, 2017
Black female scientist using $324K grant to research rape investigation methods Mic Claire Lampen December 12, 2016
An Old Dominion University student said campus police prevented her from getting rape kit Mic Sarah Harvard October 13, 2016
Ohio Senate Bill 316 Ohio General Assembly Senator Capri Cafaro April 1, 2014
Senate Joint Resolution 20 Kentucky Senate Senator Denise Harper February 26, 2015
Ex-Las Vegas Officer Gets Court Date in 1997 Sex-Murder Case Las Vegas Sun Associated Press January 22, 2018
Rape Kit Backlog Decreasing as Funding Remains Uncertain Las Vegas Sun Yvonne Gonzalez April 17, 2018
Police announce man’s arrest in 2004 cold case rape Las Vegas Sun Brandon McGuire October 12, 2016
APD to Hire Retired Investigators to Help with Sexual Assault Cases KXAN KXAN Staff December 19, 2017
Results back on hundreds of rape kits tested by State Crime Lab KUTV Jeremy Harris October 7, 2015
Grant of $3 million to pay for Utah rape-kits tests and suspect database Cristina Flores September 11, 2015


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