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
RTI International to provide training and technical assistance for National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative RTI International September 16, 2015
NY group offers grant to reduce rape kit backlog The Huffington Post July 23, 2012
Washington State Law Requires Rape Kit Testing NBC News May 14, 2015
Wayne County getting share of federal grants to address untested rape kit backlog WXYZ Detroit September 10, 2015
Heed Bondi's call: Don't leave rape kits untested Orlando Sentinel September 11, 2015
House approves Orwall bill to ensure testing of all rape kits March 2, 2015
New state rape kit test mandate could reduce unsolved cases WWMT April 21, 2015
News5 Investigates: Victims lack access to rape kit testing in rural counties KOAA 5 August 19, 2015
The Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations applauds U.S. Senate for hearing on unsubmitted sexual assault collection kits Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations May 20, 2015
Rape kit research to expand with $3 million from U.S. Department of Justice The Daily October 20, 2016
DeWine releases July Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative update The Pike County Daily July 3, 2014
Police agencies should heed rape-kit deadline The Columbus Dispatch October 2, 2015
Legislation Extends Statute of Limitations on Testing Rape Evidence WSIU August 6, 2015
RapidHIT DNA Profile Uploaded to UK National DNA Database Identifies Dangerous Sex Offender While Suspect in Custody Business Wire August 24, 2015
SPD to Test All Sexual Assault Kits SPD Blotter January 22, 2015
350 local rape victims wait longer for answers WFTV 9 February 17, 2017
Washington state lab needs more money to clear rape kit backlog The Bellingham Herald December 31, 2015
MSP, AG to begin testing, investigation and prosecution of sex assault kits WWMT January 28, 2016
Editorial: Delaware needs to lead, not follow with rape kits Delaware Online March 29, 2016
Wayne County Asking for $1 Million to Finish Testing Rape Kits WILX November 3, 2015
Adjudications in Circuit Court Beebe News August 12, 2015
Police: Rape suspect's DNA matched at 1 in 13 quintillion rate January 26, 2016
Hundreds of PA rape kits more than 1-year-old remain untested May 25, 2016
Our View: Improve DNA testing of rape kits Panama City News Herald September 18, 2015
Report Released on Memphis Rape Kit Backlog NewsChannel5 June 18, 2014


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