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 Sourcesort descending Author(s) Post Date
Casino industry against rape exam funding bill WWLTV Jaclyn Kelley May 4, 2015
Victim haunted by rape helps with NOPD sex crime reform WWLTV Jaclyn Kelley May 5, 2015
DNA matches also backlogged in state WWLTV Katie Moore July 22, 2015
Lawmakers in DC look to address large number of untested rape kits WWMT May 21, 2015
New law addresses backlog of rape kits WWMT-TV October 15, 2014
New state rape kit test mandate could reduce unsolved cases WWMT April 21, 2015
Expansion of the Wayne County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force announced Tuesday WXYZ Detroit Jessie Williams May 19, 2015
Donations for rape kit investigations coming in, but more money still needed WXYZ (ABC7) Heather Catallo February 11, 2015
Worthy and UPS team up to track rape kits like online packages with new pilot program in Detroit WXYZ (ABC7) Heather Catallo November 4, 2014
Man continued pattern of sex crimes as thousands of Detroit rape kits went untested WXYZ (ABC7) Heather Catallo October 31, 2014
Detroit's Most Wanted: Llamar Venson wanted for raping woman WXYZ Ann Marie LaFlamme May 19, 2017
Detroit man charged in 2008 cold case rape after testing rape kit WXYZ Detroit October 8, 2015
Kym Worthy gets Detroit Crime Commission grant to hire investigators for untested rape kit cases WXYZ Detroit Heather Catallo July 9, 2015
Wayne County getting share of federal grants to address untested rape kit backlog WXYZ Detroit September 10, 2015
Wayne County Receiving $1.5 Million from Government to Test Rape Kits WXYZ Detroit October 5, 2017
Sheriff calls Upstate hospital's response to sex assault case 'absolutely unbelievable' WYFF 4 Stephanie Towers July 17, 2017
Michigan getting $7M for efforts including rape kit testing WZZM 13 Associated Press October 7, 2015
#TestTheKits: Thousands of rape kits go untested (Michigan Edition) WZZM Lee VanAmeyde July 16, 2015
Michigan AG asks counties for number of untested rape kits WZZM 13 Associated Press September 25, 2015
Grant for Clearing Backlog of Rape Kit Testing Could Help Cases in Yakima County Yakima Herald October 9, 2017
Washington State Patrol warns of backlog of rape kits Yakima Herald Donald W. Meyers December 31, 2015
Old rape kits: Scientists try to strike DNA match Yakima Herald Republic Monica Hesse June 20, 2014
Long slog ahead to get through Washington state’s 6,000 untested rape kits Yakima Herald Molly Rosbach October 9, 2016
Thousands of untested sexual assault kits in Virginia to be tested Your 4 State Michella Drapac September 15, 2015
DNA Found in Midland Helps Identify Rape Suspect in Charlotte Your Basin July 17, 2017

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