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 ascending Post Date
Portland Police Seek Funding To Test Backlog of 1,931 Rape Kits Amelia Templeton May 6, 2015
Why 4,700 Rape Kits In Oregon Have Yet To Be Tested OPB FM Amelia Templeton September 13, 2015
Oregon Receives $4M To Relieve Backlog Of Sexual Assault Kits Oregon Public Radio Amelia Templeton September 10, 2015
Update: Victim Advocate Weighs in on Rape Kit Backlog Being Investigated by AG KOMU8 Amber Sipe & Celine Pence November 9, 2017
8News Investigates: Vice President Biden speaks on rape kit backlog ABC 8 News Amaya Ray March 16, 2015
Editorial: Cost of justice should not be delayed Amarillo Globe-News Amarillo Globe-News Editorial Board March 30, 2017
Ohio Law Requires Officers to Submit Rape Kits Within 30 Days, but No Consequences If They Don't News5 Cleveland Amanda VanAllen February 28, 2018
Tennessee Republicans Shoot Down $2 Million For Untested Rape Kits The Huffington Post Amanda Terkel April 12, 2014
We Made A Difference For 25 Million Survivors Of Sexual Assault — Here's How You Can, Too Refinery29 Amanda Nguyen October 18, 2016
Cops on an 11-Year-Old Who Says She Was Raped: "Child's Promiscuous Behavior Caused This" Slate Amanda Marcotte March 16, 2015
Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and EMU Police Among Michigan Agencies With Untested Rape Kits WEMU 89.1 Amanda LeClaire January 29, 2016
Law ensuring sex assault evidence kits processing up for approval Poughkeepsie Journal Amanda J. Purcell June 29, 2016
Video: Sex assault evidence kits remain untested in Dutchess, NY state Poughkeepsie Journal Amanda J Purcell November 7, 2015
I Am Evidence: The Shocking Film on the Truth about Untested Rape Kits The Guardian Amanda Holpuch April 13, 2018
In Louisiana, Rape Victims are Billed Thousands of Dollars for Hospital Exams Slate Magazine Amanda Hess September 26, 2014
Iowa gets two million dollars to test sexual assault kits KWWL Amanda Gilbert September 11, 2015
Miami Beach police link DNA from sexual assault to serial 'creeper' Local 10 Amanda Batchelor September 23, 2015
Audit reveals numerous rape kits unanalyzed in Hollywood WPLG Local 10 Amanda Batchelor June 25, 2014
Justice efforts continue for untested rape kits in West Virginia Alyssa Pasinik December 11, 2015
Illinois Lawmakers address rape kit backlog KFVS 12 Allison Twaits May 21, 2015
Man who shot teen in head gets 144 years in prison 9 News Allison Sylte July 20, 2015
DNA helps solve 2006 cold case 9 News Allison Sylte September 28, 2015
Rapist gets more than 9 years in jail for attack on elderly Niagara woman Niagara Falls Review Allison Langley October 30, 2015
Toledo Takes Fresh Look at 1,800 Old Rape Kits Toledo Blade Allison Dunn March 26, 2018
Jefferson Healthcare nurses to attend SANE training PT Leader Allison Arthur April 1, 2015


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