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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
Buffalo man, who jumped out third-floor window at police station, charged with rape Allie Healy November 16, 2015
DA’s office creating Cold Case Task Force Cleveland Daily Banner Allen Mincey December 17, 2016
Money To Address Rape Kit Backlog In Congressional Spending Bill BuzzFeed News Alison Vingiano December 10, 2014
Bill mandating rape-kit data clears California Assembly Mercury News Alison Noon May 12, 2016
Thousands of rape kits go untested in Maryland Baltimore Sun Alison Knezevich and Catherine Rentz October 26, 2016
Maryland lawmakers call for uniform police standards on rape kits The Baltimore Sun Alison Knezevich and Catherine Rentz December 9, 2016
Attorney General's report calls for statewide standards on rape kits The Baltimore Sun Alison Knezevich January 3, 2017
Marion Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Teen; Rape Kit Wasn't Tested for Five Years Journal Sentinel Alison Dirr and Keegan Kyle April 25, 2018
She Went to the ER for a Rape Exam. Her Nurse Didn't Know How to Do One. Chicago Tribune Alison Bowen March 27, 2018
Hundreds of sexual assault kits go untested in Salem Statesman Journal Alisha Roemeling August 15, 2015
Clarification: Detroit Rape Kits Story ABC News Alisha Green April 9, 2015
Efforts over untested Detroit rape kits sparks change The Detroit News Alisha Green April 7, 2015
Report: Detroit model in effort to clear rape-kit backlog UT San Diego Alisha Green April 7, 2015
East Bay Resident Faces Charges for Rape and Murder, Implicated by Previously Untested Rape Kit Daily Californian Alicia Kim March 23, 2018
Fayetteville police charge Columbus County prison inmate in 2006 sexual assault case Fay Observer Alicia Banks November 23, 2015
New all-encompassing Sexual Assault Kit Information Line opens in Utah Good 4 Utah Ali Monsen July 19, 2017
California Is Removing the Statute of Limitations for Rape Vice Alexis Linkletter October 3, 2016
Why Rape Kits Are Crucial In The Fight Against Sexual Assault Elite Daily Alexia LaFata November 28, 2016
This Training Helps Nurses Treat Sexual Assault Survivors With Life-Changing Results Elite Daily Alexandra Svokos November 29, 2016
Lawmakers Seek Answers On Rape Kit Backlog Alaska Public Radio Network Alexandra Gutierrez March 26, 2015
Attacker Linked by DNA to 2 Rapes in 2001 Gets 9 Years in Prison Pacifica Patch Alexander Nguyen October 8, 2015
Legislators Unite with Advocates to Revamp Rights for Sexual Assault Survivors Legislative Gazette Alexa Appel March 5, 2018
Bexar County's Forensic Lab Isn't Thrilled With State Plans to Address Rape Kit Backlog San Antonio Current Alex Zielinski April 11, 2017
Rape kit reporting bill passes Best of New Orleans Alex Woodward May 27, 2014
OIG: Sexual assault cases mishandled by NOPD Best of New Orleans Alex Woodward November 17, 2014


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