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.

Titlesort descending Source Author(s) Post Date
Texas Makes Progress on Rape Kit Backlog Spectrum News Austin Max Gorden January 10, 2018
Texas plans to clear rape kit backlog, new cases still face delays KVUE Andy Pierrotti July 16, 2015
Texas rape kit database passes House Austin American-Statesman Sean Collins Walsh April 11, 2017
Texas SB 1636 Texas Legislature Texas Senate August 31, 2011
Texas Senate advances bill to crowdfund rape kit testing The Texas Tribune Jim Malewitz May 17, 2017
Texas Senator Strives to Improve Rape Kit Backlog NBC DFW Ashleigh Barry December 14, 2016
Texas Wants to Crowdsource Funding for Untested Rape Kits Glamour Maggie Mallon March 15, 2017
Texas Won’t Pay to Test 20,000 Rape Kits, So It Might Crowdfund the Effort Instead The Daily Beast Kelly Weill March 15, 2017
Texoma Agencies under The Gun to Comply with Rape Kit Mandate KXII News12 Brittany Harlow January 22, 2018
The "Magical Unicorn" Software That Could Make a Dent in the Rape Kit Backlog Slate Nora Caplan-Bricker September 12, 2016
The 2007 Survey of Law Enforcement Forensic Evidence Processing U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice Kevin J. Strom, et al. October 1, 2009
The backstory behind the backlog of rape kits at the Tucson Police Department News 4 Tuscon Domenica Fuller July 25, 2015
The Call: #ENDTHEBACKLOG Ronan Farrow Daily Ronan Farrow May 27, 2014
The City looks to advance rape testing San Francisco Examiner Joshua Sabatini December 5, 2010
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
The cost of clearing the rape kit backlog Austin Chronicle Chase Hoffberger September 13, 2016
The cost of testing rape kits: Experts say it's saved us $38.7 million so far Rachel Dissell June 29, 2016
The Credit Cy Vance Deserves for Aiding Sexual Assault Victims NY Daily News Natasha Alexenko October 25, 2017
The Dangerous Rise in Untested Rape Kits Marie Claire Ralph Blumenthal August 11, 2010
The Detroit Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Action Research Project (ARP), Final Report U.S. Department of Justice Dr. Rebecca Campbell March 1, 2015
The entire rape reporting system is rigged to let predators go free The Guardian Jessica Valenti November 11, 2015
The first criminal case from testing old rape kits in Tucson Tucson News Now Craig Reck March 22, 2017
The Government Is Finally Doing Something to End the Rape-Kit Backlog Mother Jones Jenna McLaughlin March 18, 2015
The health care shortage that impacts victims of sexual assault newsworks Alex Stern July 13, 2017
The Horrifying Consequences of our National Rape Kit Backlog TruthDig Kali Holloway April 8, 2016


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