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
VP Biden, DA Vance, AG Lynch Announce $79 Million Rape Kit Initiative New York County District Attorney's Office September 11, 2015
Editorial: Florida lawmakers should fund effort to clear backlog of rape kit testing Tampa Tribune September 16, 2015
#TestTheKits: Thousands of rape kits go untested (Ohio Edition) WKYC July 16, 2015
Time to treat rape like a serious crime September 22, 2015
King County Council approves funding for untested rape kits The Enumclaw Courier Herald October 3, 2015
Fixing rape kit backlog in FL to cost at least $9M MS News Now January 5, 2016
DNA helps police find suspect in 2010 Fayetteville sexual assault case WRAL January 27, 2016
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police reveal new funding for rape kits WSCOTV September 11, 2015
Porta-Potty Worker Charged in Sexual Assault of Woman on Avon Trail NBC Connecticut July 7, 2015
Wintrow leads the fight against sexual assault Standard Journal March 21, 2017
Authorities Work to Send Completed Rape Kits to State Crime Lab Arkansas Matters September 23, 2015
Longueuil rape victim says she was dismissed by police; questions timing of similar attack CTV Montreal February 4, 2015
New DNA Standards Could Lead To Thousands of Texas Retrials CBS DFW October 6, 2015
Rape kit results rushed by DOJ lab Sonoma West Times & News January 6, 2016
State audit report of unprocessed sexual assault kits expected The Times May 5, 2016
Cohen - Championed Rape Kit Backlog Reduction Grants Now Available Congressman Steve Cohen March 10, 2015
9 investigates backlog of rape cases in Volusia County WFTV 9 January 5, 2017
Sabrina Morrison: Police Negligence Allowed Man To Rape Mentally Disabled Niece For Years Inquistr April 11, 2015
DeWine releases August sexual assault kit testing initiative update The Pike County Daily August 5, 2014
Representative Jones’ Rape Kit Testing Proposal Now on Governor’s Desk Valley Patriot April 4, 2018
Congress OKs bill to cut backlog of untested rape kits Al Jazeera September 19, 2014
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
Petition to fund untested rape kits surpasses goal February 8, 2017
Tackling Albuquerque's Rape Kit Backlog NBC Left Field February 27, 2018


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