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 descending Author(s) Post Date
Treatment for rape without insurance costs more than some good used cars Jezebel Anna Breslaw July 20, 2012
Approximately 850 Rape Kit Containers in Austin Found Infested with Mold Jezebel Madeleine Davies June 27, 2017
Cities Across the U.S. Are Beginning to Wade Through Rape Kit Backlog Jezebel Ellie Shechet January 5, 2015
Cities Are Finally Getting Around to the Backlog of Rape Kits Jezebel Stassa Edwards May 30, 2015
Fed Up With Police Dawdling, Detroit Women Join Together to Get 11,341 Rape Kits Tested Jezebel Hillary Crosley Coker November 9, 2015
Man Charged in 1995 New York City Rape and Robbery After DNA Match Jezebel Anna Merlan May 4, 2015
A year after moving facilities, some crime lab backlog is down Lincoln Journal Star Nichole Manna October 31, 2016
DNA of federal inmate connected to 2006 Lincoln rape Journal Star December 10, 2015
Community Newsletter: Racine County’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Announced The Journal Times Samantha Sustachek October 12, 2017
After 19 years, man charged with attempted rape The Journal Times Kristen Zambo July 21, 2014
Almost 13 years later, alleged rapist on trial Journal Times Kristen Zambo August 12, 2015
Appeal in the works for Racine man whose conviction was overturned Journal Times Kristen Zambo August 21, 2015
Jurors quickly convict Racine man for rape The Journal Times Kristen Zambo August 13, 2015
Maxed out: Racine man gets 20 years for 2002 rape The Journal Times Kristen Zambo October 22, 2015
New trial ordered in 1995 attempted rape case The Journal Times Kristen Zambo June 25, 2015
Juneau’s Rape Kit Backlog is ‘One of The Worst’ Nationwide Juneau Empire James Brooks November 26, 2017
JPD Audits Rape Kit Backlog Juneau Empire James Brooks December 6, 2017
'Choose Respect' funding cut hours after rally Katie Moritz March 27, 2015
Nearly a year later, no testing done on sex assault kits Juneau Empire James Brooks August 24, 2017
Arlington rape victim gets justice after 2 decades WUSA9 Debra Alfarone November 6, 2014
Interview with Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley about backlogged rape kits KALW Hana Baba November 5, 2014
KBI surveys law enforcement agencies on rape kits Kansas First News Brian Dulle November 24, 2014
Latest Arrest May Be Tip of The Iceberg in Backlogged Rape Kit Testing KATU2 Bob Heye March 1, 2018
'Melissa's Law' designed to get thousands of rape victims justice KATU 2 Jackie LaBrecque February 2, 2016
New bill aims to end backlog in untested rape kits KATU 2 Stephen Mayer January 29, 2016


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