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
The Impact of One of Almost 14,000 Tested Rape Kits, A "Weight Lifted" for One Survivor Who Got Her Day in Court Rachel Dissell February 23, 2018
The Implosion of Austin’s Crime Lab: A Timeline Austin Monitor Cate Malek and Luis Pedraza September 18, 2017
The Latest: Schimel Didn't Understand Rape Kit Question US News & World Report AP May 16, 2017
The law mandates rape exams — but the right training to conduct them is just as vital The Washington Post Terri Slapak-Fugate May 19, 2016
The long, strange trip of Georgia’s rape kit bill Greg Bluestein April 26, 2016
The Montana Department of Justice is working to find storage and test nearly 1,400 rape kits. KBZK Patrice Parks April 5, 2017
The Rape Kit Backlog Shows Exactly How We Regard Women In This Country Huffington Post Alanna Vagianos April 13, 2018
The rape kit backlog: What the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement proposes Sun Sentinel Linda Trischitta January 5, 2016
The rape kit process explained Billings Gazette Ashley Nerbovig March 26, 2017
The Rape Kit Story We Don't Want to Read Anymore Jezebel Irin Carmon January 27, 2011
The risk we take with Charlotte's rape kit backlog The Charlotte Observer Maile M. Zambuto, Monika Johnson Hostler June 29, 2015
The Road Ahead: Unanalyzed Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases National Institute of Justice Nancy Ritter April 30, 2011
The SAFE Alliance reaction to moldy rape kits Fox 7 Austin Ashley Paredez July 6, 2017
The SAFER Act of 2012 US Senator John Cornyn John Cornyn May 7, 2012
The Saga of My Rape Kit The New York Times Emily Winslow May 19, 2016
The science of stopping sex crimes City Pages Judy Keen September 3, 2013
The Sexual Assault Survivor Saving Untested Rape Kits from the Trash VICE Gabby Bess February 2, 2016
The Shocking Numbers On Untested Rape Kits Jezebel August 11, 2010
The socioeconomics of the Rape Kit Backlog Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan May 12, 2015
The story behind the first rape kit CNN Jessica Ravitz November 20, 2015
The testing process: Not quite what you see on TV Albuquerque Journal November 15, 2015
The U.S. Is One Step Closer to a Federal Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights Slate Christina Cauterucci September 7, 2016
The War At Home: Untested Rape Kits A National Disgrace Neon Tommy Corinne Gaston September 23, 2014
The War on Drugs Could Be Making Our Communities More Dangerous VICE Justin Glawe November 8, 2015
The woman behind the sexual-assault survivor ‘bill of rights’ PBS NewsHour Judy Woodruff October 28, 2016


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