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 descending Post Date
Rape Kits in America: Battling the Backlog-on-Backlog in SAKI Forensic Magazine Seth Augenstein January 3, 2018
Rape Kits in America: From Swabs to Serial Killers in ViCAP Forensic Magazine Seth Augenstein January 4, 2018
Rape Kit Backlogs are ‘Patchwork’ of Progress, Producing Average of 1 CODIS Hit in 4 Kits Forensic Magazine Seth Augustein January 30, 2017
SF Ordinance calls for faster DNA testing Ebar.com Seth Hemmelgarn January 5, 2011
Could Untested Rape Kits Help Catch Serial Offenders? Fox News Local Shae Rozzi May 5, 2016
Houston Finds 850 DNA Matches after Eliminating Rape Kit Backlog The Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan February 26, 2015
The socioeconomics of the Rape Kit Backlog Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan May 12, 2015
Detroit Vows to #ENDTHEBACKLOG, Tests 10,000 Rape Kits Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan September 4, 2015
New Memphis Rape-Kit Facility a Model for Other Cities Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan December 15, 2015
FY2016 Budget Proposes $41M Program to End Rape Kit Backlog The Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan February 3, 2015
Senate Passes Bill Establishing Basic Rights for Sexual Assault Victims Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan May 26, 2016
Manhattan DA Pledges $35M Nationally to Test Backlogged Rape Kits Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan November 13, 2014
Joyful Heart Reveals Rape Kit Backlog Data, But More Remains Unknown Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan May 20, 2015
DOJ and Manhattan DA Announce $79M in Grants to Eradicate Rape Kit Backlog Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan September 11, 2015
New Kentucky Bill Requires Rape Kits Be Tested Within 30 Days Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan January 13, 2016
Over 5,000 rape kits never tested in Florida, over 1,000 in Tampa Sun Times Shamontiel Vaughn July 17, 2015
Taking the right steps after sexual assault Central Florida Future Shanae E Hardy August 6, 2015
Rape is not just a word Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman Shanara Acker May 11, 2015
14-Year-Old Rape Kit Implicates Ex-Cop Now Working At Children’s Home (VIDEO) Addicting Info Shannon Barber September 11, 2014
Julie Weil takes her story to lawmakers asking for funds to test backlogged rape kits NBC5 WPTV Shannon Cake May 20, 2013
District Attorney Announces Update in the Testing of Rape Kits CBS8 Shannon Handy April 24, 2018
SDPD has nearly 3,000 untested rape kits CBS 8 Shannon Handy May 23, 2015
New Bill Being Drafted That Would Require Testing for Sexual Assault Kits Fox59 Shannon Houser December 15, 2017
Sen. Gardner pushes for audit of state crime lab, cites rape kit backlog and abuse allegations KTVA Shannon Kemp May 7, 2015
Unprocessed justice: investigating the rape kit backlog CBS7 West Texas Shannon Murray July 22, 2012

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