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 ascending Author(s) Post Date
Kentucky State Police Lab becoming training ground for other state labs because of low pay, lab director says Spectrum News Nick Storm March 23, 2017
KASAP helping as state implements new protective orders for victims of dating violence, stalking and sexual assault CN2 Nick Storm April 21, 2015
Ensuring rape kit backlog never returns is top-priority for KASAP in upcoming legislative session CN2 Nick Storm December 17, 2015
Auditor Edelen launches review of untested rape kits in hands of law enforcement CN2 Kevin Wheatley April 15, 2015
AG's Office hosts sexual assault cold case training in effort to end backlog of untested rape kits Spectrum News Don Weber April 11, 2017
Adam Edelen says 3,090 sexual assault kits untested in state; calls for reforms and more funding CN2 Don Weber September 21, 2015
As Crime Lab Cases Climb, Montana Aims to Make Sex Assault Evidence Kits More Efficient Montana Standard Holly K. Michels October 10, 2017
Bill would change definition of consent in Montana rape laws Montana Standard Holly Michels January 6, 2017
Fox forms task force to look at issue of untested rape kits Montana Standard Holly Michels November 12, 2015
As Tipton pleads not guilty, rape victim hopes new charges will bring justice Montana Standard Jayme Fraser and Ashley Nerbovig December 14, 2015
Montana Task Force Needs Funds, FBI To Test Rape Kits Montana Public Radio Mara Silvers July 26, 2016
Attorney General Appoints Final Members of Sexual Assault Evidence Task Force Montana Public Radio Corin Cates-Carney December 17, 2015
MSU Scholar Honored for Helping Rape Victims Michigan State University April 3, 2015
Justice Department Honors MSU Scholar For Changing National Response To Rape MSU Today April 21, 2015
Detroit Solves Problem of Untested Rape Kits, MSU Report Finds MSU Today Andy Henion, Rebecca Campbell April 7, 2015
Rape Kit Backlog Hits Primetime on “SVU” Ms. Magazine Susan Rubin October 5, 2010
Making Us SAFER: A Bill to Reduce Rape Kit Backlog Ms. Magazine Stephanie Hallett August 10, 2010
Small Steps Toward Closing California’s Rape Kit Backlog Ms. Magazine Meliss Arteaga July 12, 2017
DeWine releases June sexual assault kit testing initiative update Morrow County Sentinel June 6, 2015
Longueuil rape victim says she was dismissed by police; questions timing of similar attack CTV Montreal February 4, 2015
Monrovia Lawmaker Looking to Address Rape Kit Backlog Monrovia Path Dan Abendschein February 16, 2011
Advocates Praise Senate Bill on Sexual Assault Victims' Rights The New York Times Emmarie Huetteman May 24, 2016
Report details reasons behind untested rape kits Minnesota Daily Tiffany Lukk November 25, 2015
Director leaving Montana State Crime Lab; AG to appoint replacement Missoulian Jayme Fraser July 23, 2017
Bozeman man convicted of sexual assault seeks new trial September 14, 2015


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