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.

Titlesort ascending Source Author(s) Post Date
Utah Valley Everyday Hero: Provo police victims advocate a force for good, pushes rape kit testing Daily Herald Kurt Hanson May 2, 2017
Utah to hire private labs to analyze stockpiled rape kits The Salt Lake City Tribune Christopher Smart June 18, 2014
Utah to hire private lab to process rape kits Chron June 19, 2014
Utah police started testing 70 percent of rape kit backlog Herald Extra Associated Press May 30, 2015
Utah moves for greater scrutiny, testing of sexual assault kits Deseret News Ryan Morgan March 7, 2017
Utah man pleads guilty in 2014 rape case after DNA match to sexual-assault kit evidence The Salt Lake Tribune Jessica Miller July 12, 2017
Utah learns it cannot treat sexual assault victims as afterthoughts Standard-Examiner Standard-Examiner Editorial Board August 1, 2017
Utah lawmakers call for mandatory rape-kit testing, victim confidentiality on college campuses The Salt Lake Tribune Jessica Miller and Alex Stuckey March 9, 2017
Utah Lawmaker To Introduce Bill To Test All Rape Kits KUER Julia Ritchey January 11, 2017
Utah lawmaker proposes bill requiring the testing of all sexual assault kits Park Record Angelique McNaughton February 7, 2017
Utah lawmaker pledges bill to mandate rape-kit testing The Salt Lake Tribune Jessica Miller December 13, 2016
Utah House Bill 157 Utah State Legislature Rep. Jennifer M. Seelig, Sen. Stephen H. Urquhart February 21, 2014
Utah Democrats Challenge Thatcher on Rape Victims KCSG Anna Thompson June 19, 2014
Utah Crime Lab to Speed up Sexual Assault Testing U.S. News & World Report Hallie Golden April 6, 2017
US rape test backlog down to mindset, not just money New Scientist Jessica Hamzelou March 12, 2015
Update: Virginia to get $1.4M to test backlogged rape kits ABC 13 News Now Steve Reilly September 10, 2015
Update: Victim Advocate Weighs in on Rape Kit Backlog Being Investigated by AG KOMU8 Amber Sipe & Celine Pence November 9, 2017
Update: Nevada backlog of untested rape kits KOLO 8 News Now Terri Russell September 27, 2016
Update: Midland Police chief says each untested sexual assault evidence kit was investigated Our Midland January 28, 2016
Update On Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Shows Progress WREG Memphis Katie Rufener April 15, 2014
Upcoming Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness Events Focus on Men Memphis Flyer Bianca Phillips June 25, 2015
Up to $3.2M may be available for Memphis rape kit testing The Commercial Appeal Daniel Connelly December 2, 2014
Untouched Rape Kits Getting Tested in Washington KREM Jane McCarthy May 23, 2016
Untested Virginia rape kits hide some unpleasant criminal (and political) numbers Hot Air Jazz Shaw July 7, 2015
Untested rape-kit task force moving forward Independent Record December 29, 2015


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