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
State needs to address lag in DNA testing The Citizen-Times July 15, 2014
$25000 donation helps push for rape kit testing Crain's Detroit Business February 8, 2015
Michigan agencies to get money for rape kit testing FOX 2 News September 11, 2015
DNA of federal inmate connected to 2006 Lincoln rape Journal Star December 10, 2015
Testing rape kits offers solid results Chattanooga Times Free Press September 7, 2014
Rape kit reporting bill fails in State Senate CBS SF Bay Area August 12, 2016
New law strengthens domestic, sexual violence response system Williston Oberver June 15, 2017
$79 million to end rape kit backlog FOX News September 12, 2015
Cornyn bill to fight nation-wide rape kit backlog passes Congress Your Houston News March 2, 2013
Proposed tax on Wash. strip clubs would fund testing of rape kits KIRO 7 January 19, 2016
Bill Seeks Timely Testing Of Rape Kits CBS Miami September 17, 2015
Utah to hire private lab to process rape kits Chron June 19, 2014
New law allows donations to fund rape kits The Taos News April 22, 2017
Letter: All Rape Kits Should Be Tested The Ledger July 21, 2015
Editorial: Florida crime labs need more funding Herald-Tribune November 20, 2015
Pair Arrested in 2008 Sexual Assault Case CBS DFW January 7, 2016
Let's Talk About It: 'Hundreds of thousands' of rape kits are sitting on shelves Ionia Sentinel-Standard January 9, 2017
Victims' Group: SD Rape Kit Testing Law a Mixed Bag Public News Service April 20, 2016
New website designed to support sex assault victims, keep tabs on kit testing KHON 2 June 23, 2017
Prosecutor: 10,000 untested Detroit rape kits now processed Click On Detroit September 2, 2015
Legislation to speed up sexual assault kit testing passed in Ohio Senate WFMJ June 5, 2014
700 rape kits waiting to be tested inn Amarillo January 25, 2015
DNA links 13-year-old boy to second rape of a young girl WWLTV July 22, 2015
Nevada to Get $5.6M to Clear Backlog of Untested Rape Kits KOLO 8 News September 11, 2015
Michigan, Michigan State alumni use rivalry to fundraise for rape kit testing Click On Detroit October 12, 2015


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