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 descending Post Date
Why rapists have a 76 percent chance of getting away with the crime The Birmingham News Sarah Tofte August 24, 2013
A needed revolution: rape and U.S. justice The Daily Beast Sarah Tofte April 8, 2012
Vetoing Justice for Rape Victims The Huffington Post Sarah Tofte October 15, 2009
Justice for survivors of sexual assault Sarah Tofte August 20, 2013
Rebuttal: Justice Requires Rape-Kit Testing Women's eNews Sarah Tofte April 3, 2011
Guest Blog Sarah Tofte: Police often abandoned rape kits and investigations The Cleveland Plain Dealer Sarah Tofte August 6, 2013
City Breaks Its Promise to Victims of Rape The Huffington Post Sarah Tofte January 20, 2010
Federal funding needed for rape kit reform The Hill Sarah Tofte and AC Wharton April 1, 2014
Trial pushed back in Grand Forks sexual assault case Grand Forks Herald Sarah Volpenhein July 2, 2015
Serial Rapists Don't Necessarily Have an MO Marion Star Sarah Volpenhein February 19, 2018
Bail set at $500K for suspected attacker caught by DNA Sari Soffer September 15, 2015
FDLE: Florida So Far On Track To Take Care Of Untested Rape Kit Backlog WFSU Sascha Cordner January 11, 2017
Could Florida Be Joining Other States In Looking Into Untested Rape Kits? WFSU Sascha Cordner June 8, 2015
State Finishes Final Assessment of Florida's Untested Rape Kit Backlog: 13,000 WFSU Sascha Cordner January 4, 2016
Initial Results Expected Soon on Previously Untested Rape Kits KUSI News Sasha Foo April 24, 2018
Thousands of Untested Rape Kits KOAT 7 Albuquerque Sasha Lenninger November 15, 2015
State auditor holding meeting about rape kit backlog KOAT 7 Albuquerque Sasha Lenninger July 11, 2016
Possible delays in rape-kit testing questioned Daily News Journal Scott Broden September 27, 2014
SAK testing initiative leads to indictment Xenia Gazette Scott Halasz October 19, 2014
Mass. House Approves Proposal to Create Tracking System for Untested Rape Kits and Evaluate Backlog Mass Live Scott J. Croteau November 15, 2017
Sexual assault kit tracking system needed in Massachusetts so victims can check status, advocates say MassLive Scott J. Croteau July 13, 2017
Audit of all untested rape kits across the state could help determine storage needs MassLive Scott J. Croteau July 13, 2017
Georgia, Florida still battling backlog of rape kits News 4 JAX Scott Johnson December 12, 2016
Investigation: Why many rape kits aren't tested News 4 JAX Scott Johnson January 7, 2016
Sexual assault victims charged up to $1,200 In Wisconsin for cost of their rape kits Think Progress Scott Keyes July 29, 2012


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