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 ascending Source Author(s) Post Date
Assemblymember Skinner’s Bill to Expedite Rape Kit Testing Passes Senate Public Safety Committee Assemblymember Skinner’s Bill to Expedite Rape Kit Testing Passes Senate Public Safety Committee Assemblymember Nancy Skinner June 17, 2014
Assembly Passes Simotas' Rape Kit Bill The Times Ledger Bill Parry June 23, 2016
Assault survivors have waited too long Albuquerque Journal Jayann Sepich and Ilse Knecht March 4, 2017
Assault Survivor to Sue City, Officials Over Rape Kit Backlog Houston Chronicle Gabrielle Banks September 25, 2017
As TN Rape Kits Sit on Shelves, State Comptroller Urges Update Public News Service Stephanie Carson February 19, 2018
As Tipton pleads not guilty, rape victim hopes new charges will bring justice Montana Standard Jayme Fraser and Ashley Nerbovig December 14, 2015
As state deadline looms, GBI receives more than 3,500 untested rape kits 11 Alive Atlanta Phillip Kish and Kaitlyn Ross August 22, 2016
As Rape Trial Starts for Atlantan in Massachusetts, Civil Suit Waits in Fulton County Daily Report Greg Land May 1, 2015
As rape kits pile up around the state, victims go ignored, predators walk free KVUE Cori Coffin May 1, 2017
As rape kits get tested, survivors urged to come forward KOIN 6 Amy Frazier April 12, 2016
As Nevada Chips Away at Its Rape Kit Backlog with One-Time Funds, Officials Eye Permanent Solution Nevada Independent Megan Messerly and Michelle Rindels September 10, 2017
As Detroit rape kits sit untested, justice for victims is denied Detroit Free Press Paul Egan and Gina Damron April 21, 2014
As Crime Lab Cases Climb, Montana Aims to Make Sex Assault Evidence Kits More Efficient Montana Standard Holly K. Michels October 10, 2017
As 'Missoula' Shines Spotlight on Campus Rape, Women Share How Their Allegations Changed Them Forever ABC News Juju Chang, Nick Capote, Ashley Louszko and Lauren Efron April 22, 2015
Arrest made in 2005 Eugene rape case The Register-Guard Jack Moran December 14, 2016
Arlington rape victim gets justice after 2 decades WUSA9 Debra Alfarone November 6, 2014
Arkansas to receive grant money for untested rape kits THV 11 Macy Jenkins September 11, 2015
Arkansas Pushing To Test All Untested Rape Kits Arkansas Matters Stephanie Sharp October 21, 2015
Arkansas looks to speed up rape kit testing THV11 Philip Buck March 25, 2015
Arizona Senate Bill 1429 Arizona State Legislature Sen. Katie Hobbs February 10, 2015
Arizona roughly 20% of the way through testing rape kit backlog ABC 15 Melissa Blasius March 17, 2017
Arizona police arrest Arkansas fugitive also wanted for Utah child rape KATV June 23, 2015
Arizona officials pay $3.5 million to disabled girl, 13, after botched rape probe meant her attacker continued to assault her for four years after she first raised the alarm Daily Mail Lydia Warren April 9, 2015
Arizona legislature fails to pass law to require police to tally untested rape kit evidence ABC 15 Arizona Dave Biscobing, Lauren Gilger April 27, 2015
Arizona Lawmakers Want Statewide Reporting on Untested Sexual Assault Kits Phoenix New Times Matthew Hendley February 10, 2015


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