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 descending
Bill would track untested rape kits Houma Today Jordan Gribble April 26, 2014
Rape Kit Backlog Report Tracks Complex Path The Memphis Daily News Bill Dries April 29, 2014
Bill requiring prompt testing of rape kits may have unintended consequences The Morning Sun Randi Shaffer April 29, 2014
VAWA 2005 and Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams: Kit Storage Issues Urban Institute, National Institute of Justice Lisa Newmark, Janine Zweig, Megan Denverm, Darakshan Raja May 1, 2014
Rape kit indictment 100: Larry McGowan accused of raping 5 Cleveland women and killing 1 The Cleveland Plain Dealer Leila Atassi and Rachel Dissell May 2, 2014
100 Cuyahoga County rape kit indictments: Share your comments and ask questions The Cleveland Plain Dealer Leila Atassi and Rachel Dissell May 2, 2014
Attorney General DeWine Releases May Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative Update Ohio Attorney General News Release Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine May 2, 2014
Ohio man charged with 5 cold case rapes, murder SFGate Associated Press May 3, 2014
Parkinson, White compare notes across aisle The Memphis Daily News Bill Dries May 6, 2014
Norris Defends Rape Kit Backlog Approach The Memphis Daily News Bill Dries May 7, 2014
SLC rape kits discussion tense, moves toward cooperation The Salt Lake Tribune Christopher Smart May 7, 2014
Changes to Law Aim to Help Rape Victims KUTV 2News Cristina Flores May 7, 2014
Rape Kit Testing Reveals Serial Rapists Walking Free WREG Memphis Michele Reese and Ashley Crockett May 7, 2014
Phoenix PD: DNA leads to arrest in '06 sex assault case CBS 5 AZ Steve Stout May 13, 2014
400,000 rape kits sitting untested nationwide USA Today USA Today Online May 14, 2014
DNA match leads to charges in 1995 attack in St. Louis, police say St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis Post-Dispatch Staff May 14, 2014
Slow Rape Kit Results Leave Victims Few Effective Places To Turn NPR: All Things Considered Carrie Johnson May 14, 2014
Huge DOJ Study on Rape Exams: We Have Work to Do Slate Katy Waldman May 14, 2014
Worthy says everyone should be worried about untested Detroit rape kits The Macomb Daily Jameson Cook May 15, 2014
Man guilty of 26 year-old rape and kidnapping in Andover The Newbury Current The Newbury Current Staff May 19, 2014
DNA breaks decade-old rape case KTVA Alaska Heather Hintze May 23, 2014
Rape kit testing rules move forward in Legislature San Francisco Chronicle Emma Fidel, Associated Press May 26, 2014
Rape kit reporting bill passes Best of New Orleans Alex Woodward May 27, 2014
The Call: #ENDTHEBACKLOG Ronan Farrow Daily Ronan Farrow May 27, 2014
House Passes Cohen Amendment to Help Eliminate Memphis Rape Kit Backlog and Keep Communities Safe Rep. Steven Cohen Press Release May 29, 2014


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