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
Cornyn issues statement on Administration's announcement of additional resources to fight Rape Kit backlog The Observer Community Reports September 12, 2015
Cornyn pushes Justice Department to fully implement SAFER Act, help reduce rape kit backlog The Katy Rancher June 28, 2015
Cornyn bill to fight nation-wide rape kit backlog passes Congress Your Houston News March 2, 2013
Hank investigates: shocking backlog in DNA testing of rape kits WHDH NBC Hank Phillippi Ryan June 10, 2013
Madison Democrats Demand Audit Of Rape Kit Backlog WXPR Tim Morrissey October 4, 2017
Unique Program Delivers Emergency Care Person to Native Victims of Sexual Assault Wyoming Public Radio Melodie Edwards August 28, 2015
Report: Maryland has 3,700 untested rape kits WYPR Rachel Baye January 3, 2017
SAK testing initiative leads to indictment Xenia Gazette Scott Halasz October 19, 2014
Rape kits law passed Yale Daily News Michelle Liu October 1, 2015
Department of Justice Letter to The Honorable Ron Johnson Regarding DNA Evidence Processing U. S. Department of Justice Peter J. Kadzik October 8, 2015
Wisconsin to test sexual assault kits, help victims ‘move forward’ The Badger Herald Vidushi Saxena October 7, 2016
Sexual assault test kits can give people freedom, more control over assault The Badger Herald Vidushi Saxena October 25, 2016
DOJ Launches Website Tracking Backlog of Untested Sexual Assault Kits Badger Herald Kai Brito October 18, 2017
Public Hospitals in NYC Have Destroyed Over 800 Rape Kits Since 2012 Broadly Vanessa Nason November 13, 2017
How the Critical Shortage of Sexual Assault Nurses Harms Survivors Across the US Broadly Haley Potiker August 31, 2016
The Sexual Assault Survivor Saving Untested Rape Kits from the Trash VICE Gabby Bess February 2, 2016
Despite backlog of rape kits, California’s not requiring they be tested or tallied CALmatters Samantha Young May 17, 2017
No end in sight for clearing backlog of 1,000 Austin Police Department DNA kits Community Impact Christopher Neely January 3, 2017
Austin Police Department’s rape kit backlog receives much needed help Community Impact Christopher Neely February 16, 2017
Chicago Suburb Accused of Indifference Toward Rape Victims Courthouse News Lorraine Bailey January 18, 2017
Advocates worry rape kit backlog will discourage victims, enable offenders Cronkite News Aida Chavez October 25, 2016
West Virginia tracks sexual assault evidence GCN Matt Leonard May 18, 2017
Ten years after sentencing, Phoenix police link another rape case to Baseline Killer KTAR March 22, 2017
Grant of $3 million to pay for Utah rape-kits tests and suspect database KUTV.com Cristina Flores September 11, 2015
Results back on hundreds of rape kits tested by State Crime Lab KUTV Jeremy Harris October 7, 2015

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