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
Florida's top lawyer wants quicker processing of rape kits, backlog numbers in the thousands Chron Tamara Lush September 9, 2015
State: Florida has backlog of 13,000-plus untested rape kits Washington Times Tamara Lush January 4, 2015
Florida data show 10,900 sexual-assault kits still untested Orlando Sentinel Tamara Lush November 3, 2015
7 Investigates: Processing rape kits a priority in Idaho KTVB Tami Tremblay July 20, 2015
Letter: If there's no war on women, explain these stats AZ Central Tammy Caputi October 11, 2015
Expert: Recent reforms by the New Orleans Police Department will help sex crimes victims The Advocate Tania Tetlow August 24, 2015
Dallas man gets life after cold case rape kit testing program leads to ID WFAA Tanya Eiserer March 3, 2017
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


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