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
DNA testing of sexual assault kits tops 8,000 in Ohio WKYC August 5, 2015
Federal Grant Program to Help Reduce Backlog of Rape Kits Renewed NBC 29 News October 1, 2014
Man Facing Rape Charges in Daviess County August 19, 2015
Taos police account for untested evidence The Taos News November 1, 2015
Kym Worthy to speak at Giving Hope annual event Hometown Life September 4, 2015
Law and Order' Star Testifies About Rape Kits, Sexual Violence to Congress NBC New York June 16, 2017
San Francisco Police Make Progress On Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits CBS San Fransisco December 12, 2014
Virginia will outsource lab work for 2,000 untested rape kits in storage ABC 8 News September 11, 2015
Sexual Assault Advocate Speaks Out About Rape Kit Backlog WICS May 22, 2015
Thousands of Rape Kits Untested in US Daily Beast July 16, 2015
Mayor calls Police Bureau's dismal history on handling of sex assault kits 'unacceptable' September 15, 2015
Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office to get funding for rape kit tests Pittsburgh Post-Gazette September 11, 2015
Ohio's AG: About 9,500 rape kits tested for DNA matches FOX 19 Now January 9, 2016
Report: Rape kit backlog not malicious Times Daily June 18, 2014
Illinois Sexual Assault Evidence Submission Act Illinois General Assembly September 1, 2010
Fayetteville police win grant to process old rape kits Fay Observer October 21, 2015
Sen. John Cooke works to remove 10-year sex-assault statute of limitations The Greeley Tribune January 22, 2016
Editorial: Florida needs to test all rape kits Tampa Bay Times November 6, 2015
Routine DNA search connects man to rape case after four years Click 2 Houston June 11, 2015
Kentucky state senator wants rape kits tested within 90 days of submission WDRB September 25, 2015
Editorial: Resolution Needed on Rape Cases The Ledger June 27, 2015
Should state collect DNA on felony arrests? Courier Journal January 1, 2016
Attorney General DeWine Releases June Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative Update Attorney General Mike DeWine June 3, 2014
Arizona law enforcement revising stance on rape kits Arizona Daily Sun June 21, 2016


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