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
OIG: Sexual assault cases mishandled by NOPD Best of New Orleans Alex Woodward November 17, 2014
Louisiana's backlog of rape kits includes dozens at Children's Hospital Best of New Orleans Alex Woodward February 2, 2015
What $1 million in federal funding means for NOPD's rape kit backlog Gambit Alex Woodward September 11, 2015
NOPD Police Chief Michael Harrison says sexual assault investigations are ongoing, next update will be in six months Gambit Alex Woodward June 8, 2015
When is a kit not a kit? Best of New Orleans Alex Woodward December 29, 2014
Paying for Louisiana rape kit testing Gambit Alex Woodward May 11, 2015
Unclaimed casino winnings will pay for rape kit testing in Louisiana with new legislation Gambit Alex Woodward June 2, 2015
Louisiana legislators propose several sexual assault policy bills The Gambit Alex Woodward April 13, 2015
Rape kit testing in Louisiana Best of New Orleans Alex Woodward April 7, 2014
Utah victim advocates call for evidence over instinct in investigating sex assault The Salt Lake Tribune Alex Stuckey August 12, 2016
The health care shortage that impacts victims of sexual assault newsworks Alex Stern July 13, 2017
DNA Helps CMPD Crack 2 Decade-Old Sexual Assault Cases WCNC Alex Shabad February 14, 2018
Why don’t local police departments pay for rape kit testing? The Texas Tribune Alex Samuels June 23, 2017
Does This Mean All Those Old Rape Kits Will Finally Get Tested? New York Magazine Alex Ronan March 19, 2015
Lawmakers propose funding bump to speed up rape kit testing Alex LeFriec April 7, 2015
Scrutinizing sexual violence The Baltimore Sun Alex DeMetrick October 28, 2016
When Detectives Dismiss Rape Reports Before Investigating Them Buzzfeed Alex Campbell and Katie J.M. Baker September 8, 2016
Baltimore County Police Say Detectives Will Now Interview Every Rape Victim Buzzfeed Alex Campbell and Katie J.M. Baker October 20, 2016
Maryland Lawmakers Say Its Rape Laws Need To Change Buzzfeed Alex Campbell and Katie J. M. Baker February 13, 2017
9 Investigates: Unprocessed Rape Kits News9 Alex Cameron February 9, 2015
Convict found guilty in 1979 rape, murder of Glendale woman Los Angeles Times Alene Tchekmedyian September 23, 2016
Concerns Continue Over Funding for Testing Rape Kits Houston Chronicle Alejandra Matos September 27, 2017
Editorial: Clearing rape kit backlog should be made a priority Albuquerque Journal Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board December 12, 2016
Editorial: Make clearing rape kit backlog a state prioirty Albuquerque Journal Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board November 22, 2015
Editorial: Clear NM rape kit backlog Albuquerque Journal Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board December 2, 2015


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