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
Congress OKs bill to cut backlog of untested rape kits Al Jazeera September 19, 2014
Petition to fund untested rape kits surpasses goal weareCentralPA.com February 8, 2017
New Science-Based Brochure Provides Practical Guidance for Notifying Victims of Sex Assault After their Kit is Tested PR Newswire January 18, 2016
Fixing rape kit backlog in FL to cost at least $9M MS News Now January 5, 2016
More than 1,100 rape kits untested in central Florida WFTV.com November 4, 2015
Officials to discuss reducing untested rape kit backlog Times Union December 11, 2015
VP Biden, DA Vance, AG Lynch Announce $79 Million Rape Kit Initiative New York County District Attorney's Office September 11, 2015
Patterson sentenced to 20 years for rape, assault Daily Journal Online September 26, 2014
Editorial: Florida lawmakers should fund effort to clear backlog of rape kit testing Tampa Tribune September 16, 2015
Wintrow leads the fight against sexual assault Standard Journal March 21, 2017
Time to treat rape like a serious crime Kentucky.com September 22, 2015
King County Council approves funding for untested rape kits The Enumclaw Courier Herald October 3, 2015
DNA helps police find suspect in 2010 Fayetteville sexual assault case WRAL January 27, 2016
Accused serial rapist taken into custody WKYC-TV April 3, 2015
Longueuil rape victim says she was dismissed by police; questions timing of similar attack CTV Montreal February 4, 2015
Rape kit results rushed by DOJ lab Sonoma West Times & News January 6, 2016
State audit report of unprocessed sexual assault kits expected The Times May 5, 2016
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police reveal new funding for rape kits WSCOTV September 11, 2015
Authorities Work to Send Completed Rape Kits to State Crime Lab Arkansas Matters September 23, 2015
New DNA Standards Could Lead To Thousands of Texas Retrials CBS DFW October 6, 2015
Serial rapist Michael Irby sentenced for 12th rape WKYC-TV November 24, 2014
Thousands of Ohio rape kits tested for DNA matches WFMJ May 9, 2015
#TestTheKits: Thousands of rape kits go untested (Ohio Edition) WKYC July 16, 2015
Cleveland's last backlogged rape kits to be tested The Houston Chronicle July 23, 2014
Bozeman man convicted of sexual assault seeks new trial Missoulian.com September 14, 2015

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