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
Time to treat rape like a serious crime Kentucky.com 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
Longueuil rape victim says she was dismissed by police; questions timing of similar attack CTV Montreal February 4, 2015
Petition to fund untested rape kits surpasses goal weareCentralPA.com February 8, 2017
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police reveal new funding for rape kits WSCOTV September 11, 2015
Cohen - Championed Rape Kit Backlog Reduction Grants Now Available Congressman Steve Cohen March 10, 2015
Authorities Work to Send Completed Rape Kits to State Crime Lab Arkansas Matters September 23, 2015
Sabrina Morrison: Police Negligence Allowed Man To Rape Mentally Disabled Niece For Years Inquistr April 11, 2015
New DNA Standards Could Lead To Thousands of Texas Retrials CBS DFW October 6, 2015
DeWine releases August sexual assault kit testing initiative update The Pike County Daily August 5, 2014
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
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
Bozeman man convicted of sexual assault seeks new trial Missoulian.com September 14, 2015
State Auditor to release untested rape kit report WHAS 11 ABC September 18, 2015
Untested rape-kit task force moving forward Independent Record December 29, 2015
Bevin's Budget to Address Kentucky's Backlog of Untested Rape Kits Tristate Homepage January 28, 2016
Seattle police to test all sexual assault kits, including those in storage KIRO-TV January 22, 2015
West Virginia Aims to Eliminate Untested Sexual Assault Kits and Improve Evidence Collection Business Wire September 20, 2016
Grant to help reduce the sexual assault kit backlog in Nevada KTNV October 5, 2016
Biden on funding for rape kit testing Baltimore Sun March 16, 2015

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