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 Sourcesort descending Author(s) Post Date
Darren Sharper's Rape Spree Shows Why Athletes Get Away With Crimes Vice Jessica Luther April 9, 2015
What Is A Rape Kit? TestTube Julia Wilde January 16, 2015
Seeking Justice: How sexual assault victims can pursue action The Butler Collegian Matthew Vantryon April 14, 2015
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
Women Are Using Social Media as a Megaphone to Confront Nightlife's Rape Problem VICE Michelle Lhooq August 25, 2015
San Diego has Large Backlog of Rape Kits Needing Examination Times of San Diego Debbie L. Sklar April 25, 2017
McDermed gives sex assault victims more state assistance Will County Gazette Caitlin Nordahl August 29, 2017
Stop serial rapists with prompt evidence tests Albuquerque Journal Diane Dimond May 27, 2017
Work To Clear Rape Evidence Kit Backlog Slowly Progressing Albuquerque Journal Maggie Shepard September 22, 2017
Grants Awarded to Begin Processing Rape Kits Albuquerque Journal Ryan Boetel October 2, 2017
Rape Kit Testing Progressing in State Albuquerque Journal Tim Keller October 28, 2017
Editorial: Clearing rape kit backlog should be made a priority Albuquerque Journal Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board December 12, 2016
City takes steps to cut rape kit backlog Albuquerque Journal Dan McKay January 5, 2017
DNA testing branches out into the family tree Albuquerque Journal Diane Dimond February 18, 2017
Assault survivors have waited too long Albuquerque Journal Jayann Sepich and Ilse Knecht March 4, 2017
Cold-case DNA match sends Alaska kidnapping, rape suspect to Nevada Alaska Dispatch News Chris Klint October 15, 2016
Audit finds new $90 million Alaska crime lab hasn't met expectations Alaska Dispatch News Michelle Theriault Boots January 19, 2017
Serial rapist sentenced to 40 years in prison after plea agreement The Athens News David DeWitt June 27, 2017
APD Updates County on Moldy Rape Kits The Austin Chronicle Sarah Marloff July 6, 2017
“A Victim-Centered Process” for Solving Sex Crimes The Austin Chronicle Sarah Marloff June 2, 2017
APD Knew About Moldy Rape Kits Back in April The Austin Chronicle Sarah Marloff July 7, 2017
Signs of Optimism at Troubled Crime Lab Austin Chronicle Sarah Marloff September 15, 2017
Despite Austin’s Crime Lab Meltdown, Texas Is Working to Clear Its DNA Backlog Austin Monitor Cate Malek and Luis Pedraza September 20, 2017
The Implosion of Austin’s Crime Lab: A Timeline Austin Monitor Cate Malek and Luis Pedraza September 18, 2017
Bureau of Justice Assistance Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Bureau of Justice Assistance U.S. Department of Justice September 10, 2015

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