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
The Rape Kit Backlog Shows Exactly How We Regard Women In This Country Huffington Post Alanna Vagianos April 13, 2018
Almost 850 Untested Rape Kits Found Growing Mold In Austin Police Storage HuffPost Alanna Vagianos June 28, 2017
More than 1 in 3 old DNA rape kits "hit" in state database Columbus Dispatch Alan Johnson April 9, 2015
State has "hits" on 38 percent of 6,275 old rape kit tests Columbus Dispatch Alan Johnson February 6, 2015
Cities Confront Long-Neglected DNA Evidence in Rape Cases The Governing Alan Greenblatt February 11, 2015
Suspect Is Identified and Arrested in a Manhattan Rape From 1995 After a DNA Match New York Times Al Baker May 1, 2015
Victims want to #ENDTHEBACKLOG of rape kits HLN Ajyra Cheatham and Natisha Lance April 28, 2015
VP Joins #ENDTHEBACKLOG Movement HLN Ajyra Cheatham March 17, 2015
Montana case opens door to reconsideration of DNA in criminal convictions KPAX Aja Goare July 15, 2015
Del Sol accused of ignoring state law on rape evidence El Paso Times Aileen B. Flores October 29, 2016
Advocates worry rape kit backlog will discourage victims, enable offenders Cronkite News Aida Chavez October 25, 2016
Baton Rouge man accused of sexual assault on 14-year-old girl he met on Kik social network app The Advocate Advocate Staff Report August 13, 2015
40-year-old Baton Rouge man arrested in rape of 11-year-old girl The Advocate Advocate Staff Report April 23, 2015
Police: DNA links Zachary man to 2012 rape case The Advocate Advocate Staff Report May 25, 2015
Evidence Ignored In Unsolved Rape Cases Honolulu Civil Beat Adrienne LaFrance May 30, 2011
FDLE Tackles A Statewide Backlog of Untested Sexual Assault Kits Click Orlando Adrianna Iwasinski February 8, 2018
Memphis awarded $4M for rape kit backlog Knox News Adrian Sainz September 12, 2015
Memphis Police: Backlogged Rape Kits Tested, Suspects ID'd Associated Press Adrian Sainz March 9, 2015
Memphis making progress on rape kit testing SFGate Adrian Sainz April 16, 2014
Convicted sex offender charged in Fargo rape InForum Adrian Glass-Moore January 4, 2016
Republicans making it harder to catch rapists admin25 August 31, 2014
Baltimore County police to keep untested rape kits indefinitely WBAL TV Adam May January 3, 2017
Untested rape kits to be investigated after CBS46 probe CBS 46 Adam Harding June 4, 2015
City Gives Council Vague Update On Thousands Of Untested Rape Kits WREG Memphis Adam Hammond January 21, 2014
TN legislature to take on untested rape kits WREG Memphis Adam Hammond January 9, 2014


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