The Backlog

Media 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
Salt Lake police present plan to improve processing of rape kits Deseret News Madeleine Brown April 16, 2014
Memphis making progress on rape kit testing SFGate Adrian Sainz April 16, 2014
Shelby County sheriff calls for $75,000 to clear rape-kit backlog The Commercial Appeal Christina Wright April 16, 2014
Update On Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Shows Progress WREG Memphis Katie Rufener April 15, 2014
Blame game underway in lack of rape prosecutions, lab testing The Salt Lake Tribune Christopher Smart April 15, 2014
Victims wait on untested rape kits The Tennessean Brian Haas April 14, 2014
Let’s get rape evidence off the shelves and start solving crimes The Washington Post Editorial Board April 13, 2014
MPD: Child victim's rape kit tested in timely manner The Commercial Appeal Marc Perrusquia April 12, 2014
Tennessee Republicans Shoot Down $2 Million For Untested Rape Kits The Huffington Post Amanda Terkel April 12, 2014
$2 Million Won’t Be Budgeted For Rape Kit Testing In Tennessee WREG Memphis Ashley Crockett and Michele Reese April 10, 2014
$2 million to clear rape kit backlog cut from budget WMCTV 5 Nick Kenney April 10, 2014
Attorney general honored for rape kit processing San Francisco Chronicle Associated Press April 8, 2014
Illinois Senate passes rape kit reform Chicago Tribune Maura Zurick April 7, 2014
House OKs Maloney bill targeting rape kit backlog New York Daily News Joseph Straw April 7, 2014
Rape kit testing in Louisiana Best of New Orleans Alex Woodward April 7, 2014
Illinois Senate approves rape kit testing extension Quad City Times T.J. Fowler April 7, 2014
Illinois Senate Bill 2609 Illinois State Legislature Senator Mike Noland April 7, 2014
Quickly Processed Rape Test Kit Led to Suspect's Arrest Rick Reitzel April 4, 2014
Rape Survivors Go Public in Backlog Lawsuit The Memphis Daily News Bill Dries April 4, 2014
Appeals court rules statements to doctors and nurses made by now-deceased woman who reported rape decades ago can be used by prosecutors The Cleveland Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell April 3, 2014
Rape Kit DNA Tests Yield 1,000-Plus Matches CBS Cleveland Associated Press April 3, 2014
Serial rapist's victims talk about failures of investigation The Commercial Appeal Marc Perrusquia April 2, 2014
Attorney General Mike DeWine announces more than 1,000 DNA hits from rape kit initiative The Cleveland Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell April 2, 2014
Federal funding needed for rape kit reform The Hill Sarah Tofte and AC Wharton April 1, 2014
Ohio Senate Bill 316 Ohio General Assembly Senator Capri Cafaro April 1, 2014


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