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) Post Datesort ascending
Mariska Hargitay Fights To End U.S. Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits CBS SF Bay Area Melissa Caen June 16, 2017
Law and Order' Star Testifies About Rape Kits, Sexual Violence to Congress NBC New York June 16, 2017
Cause Celeb: Mariska Hargitay seeks more sexual-assault nurses and an end to rape kit backlogs The Washington Post Sarah Polus June 16, 2017
DNA from thousands of Cuyahoga County felony arrests never taken, not in CODIS crime-solving database Rachel Dissell June 16, 2017
Old Rape Kits Lead to Justice for LGBTQ Victims Pride Source BTL Staff June 15, 2017
New Texas Law Enables Comprehensive Rape Kit Reform Public News Service Mark Richardson June 15, 2017
New law strengthens domestic, sexual violence response system Williston Oberver June 15, 2017
Recently Tested Rape Kits Match Known Criminals U.S. News & World Report AP June 14, 2017
Rape survivor and advocate 'heartbroken' after police take 6 years to arrest rape suspect KATU News Joe Douglass June 13, 2017
Woman's Sex Assault Kit Not Tested Until 5 Years After Rape U.S. News & World Report AP June 13, 2017
You’ve got a modern crime lab, Utah. Now make sure it’s completely funded. Standard-Examiner Standard-Examiner Editorial Board June 13, 2017
Man Charged In 2006 Gang Rape Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison CBS Miami Joan Murray June 12, 2017
Rapist who almost got away with it, going to prison WKZO John McNeill June 10, 2017
Texas becomes first in nation to implement comprehensive rape kit reform The Orange Leader June 10, 2017
California Sheriffs’ Association Opposes Bill To Measure Rape Kit Backlog CBS SF Bay Area Melissa Caen June 9, 2017
Rape kit law is big step for Nevada but questions remain Las Vegas Review-Journal Wesley Juhl June 9, 2017
Virginia Plans to Eliminate Backlog of Untested Rape Kits NBC Washington Kyle Rempfer June 8, 2017
Another 1,250 rape kits to be tested in Va., Attorney General Herring announces The Washington Post Antonio Olivo June 8, 2017
Bill to track sexual assault evidence kits passes Senate Public Safety Committee LGBT Weekly Steve Lee June 6, 2017
Twin Falls police to 'begin by believing' rape victims Nathan Brown June 6, 2017
Colorado High Court Rules Sex Offenders Can Be Charged for Rape Kits U.S. News & World Report Tom James June 5, 2017
Orleans rapist's cold-case conviction, life sentence upheld by state Supreme Court The Times Picayune Ken Daley June 5, 2017
Out of the Shadow: A Child Rape Survivor's Story Independent Record Jayme Fraser June 4, 2017
He terrorized me: An Indy native's torment drives her to fight for rape victims Indy Star Marisa Kwiatkowski June 4, 2017
Thousands of Rape Kits Continue To Go Untested Affinity Magazine Grace Miller June 3, 2017


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