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
Fundraising campaign aims to get remaining Detroit rape kits tested Click On Detroit October 6, 2015
Working to eradicate backlog of rape kits awaiting tests NewsWorks May 5, 2016
LAPD Links Torrance Man To 2 Lincoln Heights Cold Case Murders Using Familial DNA CBS Los Angeles May 30, 2017
Nearly 2,000 CODIS Hits Through Sexual Assault Kit Testing The Daily Jeffersonian November 10, 2014
Oregon Sexual Assault Examiner (SAE)/ Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Certification Commission Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner December 31, 2012
Rape suspect free for 11 years, despite victim naming her attacker WMAC Action News 5 June 11, 2015
Rape kit results tie man to second rape case FOX 13 Memphis January 28, 2016
Editorial: All rape kits should be tested Greenville Online July 21, 2015
Minnesota inmate linked to 7-year-old Platteville sexual assault case Telegraph-Herald September 22, 2016
Governor Signs Rape Kit Legislation Today ABC 13 News Now April 14, 2016
Editorial: A rape kit calamity SavannahNow February 21, 2017
State Police Announce Specialized Unit for Rape Kit Processing Michigan.gov April 19, 2012
CMPD disputes national group's claim of untested rape kit numbers WSCOTV May 20, 2015
Grayson County Looks to Add Rape Kit Testing KTEN July 10, 2014
Localities respond to rape kit testing protocols ABC 13 News Now July 15, 2015
PATH center and program at Akron General hospital helps victims of sexual assault, domestic violence News Net 5 October 29, 2015
Negron Question FDLE On Backlog Of Rape Kits CBS Miami January 13, 2016
Bill would set rules for DNA evidence processing News 4 Jax October 12, 2015
Costa Mesa Police Identify At-Large Suspect In 1997 Cold Case Rape/Murder CBS Los Angeles February 23, 2017
Rape survivors fight back against injustice of rape kit backlog W*USA 9 October 17, 2014
Bill Would Allow Rape Victims To Keep Their Names Out Of Police Reports CBS Denver February 10, 2015
Rape victim speaks out in hopes of finding attacker WSBTV June 22, 2015
Memphis Gets Big Grant for Rape Kit Testing NYSE Post September 11, 2015
DNA of Alleged Suspect Reportedly Matches Rape of 69-Year-Old Woman CBS 58 January 25, 2016
2,156 untested sexual assault kits processed as state works to clear backlog WKMG March 21, 2017

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