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
Advocates Urge White House to Implement Rape Kit Law RH Reality Check Sofia Resnick September 16, 2015
Investigative Report: How Victim-Blaming Led to the Rape Kit Backlog RH Reality Check Sofia Resnick June 22, 2015
Rape Kits: A Decade and A Billion Dollars Later, Why Can't We Fix the Backlog? RH Reality Check Sofia Resnick May 19, 2015
More than 800 untested rape kits in Amarillo Connect Amarillo Solina Lewis January 29, 2015
Testing Justice: Addressing Tucson's untested rape kits Tucson News Now Som Lisaius November 12, 2015
DNA Leads to Man's Arrest in 1995 Rape Wall Street Journal Sonja Sharp May 1, 2015
California Lawmakers May Require Untested Rape Kit Reporting U.S. News & World Report Sophia Bollag April 27, 2017
Hawaii police fail to meet deadline on untested rape kits Hawaii Star Advertiser Sophie Cocke September 19, 2016
How Many of the Hundreds of Thousands of Untested Rape Kits in the US Are in your City? Huffington Post Soroya Chemaly September 19, 2014
Our Opinion: Sex Assault Victims Failed by Backlog of Untested Kits South Bend Tribune South Bend Tribune Editorial Board December 10, 2017
Accused Serial Rapist Arrested by Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force Huntington News Special to HNN provided by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine February 26, 2015
Lancaster police alleviate untested rape kit backlog Lancaster Eagle-Gazette Spencer Roush July 18, 2015
Congress poised to approve $41 million to help clear backlog of untested rape kits The Washington Post Spencer S. Hsu June 17, 2014
Ending backlog of unprocessed rape evidence Post News Group Spencer Whitney July 9, 2012
Expand rape-kit testing The Spokesman-Review Spokesman-Review Editorial Board December 30, 2016
Editorial: Time for Missouri to Tackle its Backlog of Untested Rape Kits St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board November 27, 2017
DNA match leads to charges in 1995 attack in St. Louis, police say St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis Post-Dispatch Staff May 14, 2014
Despite millions spent to fix the problem, rape kit backlog still exists News 4 San Antonio Stacey Cameron November 18, 2014
Cardin deserves credit for rape-kit legislation Baltimore Sun Stacy Gold April 3, 2015
Justice delayed: Texas man first to be cleared by DNA review of old rape kits The Christian Science Monitor Stacy Teicher Khadaroo July 25, 2014
Man gets 18-20 in prison after admitting to 1992 Savin Hill rape Dorchester Reporter Staff October 21, 2014
Iowa needs stronger rules for evidence of possible sexual assault The Gazette Staff Editorial March 9, 2017
Sheriff's Office: Hospital refused to give victim a sexual assault examination Greenville Online Staff report July 15, 2017
Gov. Mary Fallin Urges Law Enforcement Agencies to Share Information with Sexual Assault Task Force Tulsa World Staff Reports January 19, 2018
If Utah values women's lives, it won't allow another rape kit to go untested Standard-Examiner Standard-Examiner Editorial Board December 15, 2016

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