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 matters Toledo Blade July 3, 2014
Louisiana Hospitals Charging Rape Victims KEYE TV September 30, 2014
Checking Virginia's Thousands of Still-Untested Rape Evidence Kits WHSV September 17, 2015
Ohio's deadline approaches for DNA testing of untested rape kits WLWT September 25, 2015
Testing Detroit's Backlogged Rape Kits Has Already Identified 188 Serial Rapists Ms. Magazine February 13, 2015
13,000 Rape Kits Tested as Part of Special Initiative Circleville Herald October 5, 2017
Campaign takes aim at untested sex assault kits Superior Telegram February 3, 2017
The Shocking Numbers On Untested Rape Kits Jezebel August 11, 2010
Sitting on the evidence The Economist July 19, 2014
Justice Department Releases New Resource about Sexual Assault Kits PR Newswire April 27, 2015
Writing a new story Star Beacon September 20, 2015
Our Editorial: Keep momentum on rape kit testing The Detroit News November 10, 2015
Cohen Announces Additional Funds For Rape Kit Testing Local Memphis December 16, 2015
Hundreds of Thousands of Rape Kits May Be Untested Around U.S. The Crime Report July 16, 2015
County One Step Closer to Conducting Rape Kits KTEN April 30, 2015
Bill Seeks Money For Processing Rape Kits CBS Local September 15, 2015
Tiger selfie bans and rape kit rules among new laws for 2015 RT January 2, 2015
Gov. Rauner Signs Rape Kit Bill Into Law ABC 7 Chicago August 4, 2015
Ducey names task force to clear rape kit backlog Mohave Valley Daily News January 28, 2016
News5 Investigates: Victims lack access to rape kit testing in rural counties KOAA 5 August 19, 2015
New state rape kit test mandate could reduce unsolved cases WWMT April 21, 2015
Legislation Extends Statute of Limitations on Testing Rape Evidence WSIU August 6, 2015
RapidHIT DNA Profile Uploaded to UK National DNA Database Identifies Dangerous Sex Offender While Suspect in Custody Business Wire August 24, 2015
Wayne County Asking for $1 Million to Finish Testing Rape Kits WILX November 3, 2015
DeWine releases July Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative update The Pike County Daily July 3, 2014

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