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
Serial rape suspect arrested days after release WFAA Tanya Eiserer January 13, 2017
Enough Said enlists donors to raise funds for rape justice PR Week Tanya Lewis April 30, 2015
Davenport man charged in 2005 kidnapping, sexual assault WCF Courier Tara Becer September 25, 2015
State report: Davenport has 463 untested rape kits in evidence Quad-City Times Tara Becker March 13, 2017
State officials say 95 untested sexual assault kits sent for testing Quad-City Times Tara Becker August 6, 2017
If We Want To Take Sexual Assault Seriously, We Need To Test Thousands Of Rape Kits First ThinkProgress Tara Culp-Ressler December 10, 2013
Congress Acts, Someone Might Actually Look At Hundreds of Thousands of Backlogged Rape Kits Think Progress Tara Culp-Ressler September 22, 2014
We're Letting Untested Rape Kits Languish In Warehouses And It Has huge Consequences Think Progress Tara Culp-Ressler May 21, 2015
Candidate wants backlog of rape kits to be tested News 4 Jax Tarik Minor July 23, 2015
Man jailed on new rape charge after statute of limitations expired on old case says he's a 'fall guy' The Dallas Morning News Tasha Tsiaperas August 11, 2017
Serial rape suspect accused in another assault told police he has a 'problem with prostitutes' The Dallas Morning News Tasha Tsiaperas January 12, 2017
Serial Rape Suspect Gets 40 Years in Prison After Backlogged Rape Kits Tested Tasha Tsiaperas September 1, 2017
New York Initiative to Help Other Cities Clear Rape-Kit Backlogs The New York Times Tatiana Schlossberg November 12, 2014
Officials: Expert ‘wasn’t alarmed’ by rape kits in boxes with mold Austin American-Statesman Taylor Goldenstein July 6, 2017
Sen. Thatcher: There Is No Rape Kit Backlog Utah Public Radio Taylor Halversen June 24, 2014
Man wanted for child rape in Weber County arrested in Northern Arizona Standard Examiner Taylor Hintz June 21, 2015
New hope for rape kit testing advocates BBC News Taylor Kate Brown January 4, 2015
Bill Would Speed Up Testing of Rape Kits, DNA Herald-Dispatch Taylor Stuck February 16, 2018
New Law Aims to Improve Rape Kit Testing in Louisiana MyArkLaMiss Taylor Thompson January 20, 2015
St. Joseph County Leads State in Untested Rape Kits South Bend Tribune Ted Booker December 6, 2017
Who's to Blame for Untested Rape Kits in St. Joseph County? South Bend Tribune Ted Booker December 8, 2017
Aldermen Decry Backlog in Thousands of Untested Rape Kits DNAinfo Ted Cox July 27, 2015
Delayed DNA Testing Allowed Alleged Rapists To Commit New Crimes KTRK-TV Ted Oberg January 29, 2015
New software will help York County crime lab untangle complex DNA mixtures The Herald Teddy Kulmala September 18, 2016
Suspect in 1985 Henderson rape case gets 40 years The Tennessean Tena Lee October 23, 2014


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