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
350 local rape victims wait longer for answers WFTV 9 February 17, 2017
NY group offers grant to reduce rape kit backlog The Huffington Post July 23, 2012
Adjudications in Circuit Court Beebe News August 12, 2015
Mariska Hargitay’s New Documentary Shines Light on Epidemic of Untested Rape Kits NBC Nightly News April 13, 2018
Washington State Law Requires Rape Kit Testing NBC News May 14, 2015
Washington state lab needs more money to clear rape kit backlog The Bellingham Herald December 31, 2015
Editorial: Delaware needs to lead, not follow with rape kits Delaware Online March 29, 2016
New state rape kit test mandate could reduce unsolved cases WWMT April 21, 2015
Rape kit research to expand with $3 million from U.S. Department of Justice The Daily October 20, 2016
Wayne County getting share of federal grants to address untested rape kit backlog WXYZ Detroit September 10, 2015
Police agencies should heed rape-kit deadline The Columbus Dispatch October 2, 2015
Heed Bondi's call: Don't leave rape kits untested Orlando Sentinel September 11, 2015
SPD to Test All Sexual Assault Kits SPD Blotter January 22, 2015
The Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations applauds U.S. Senate for hearing on unsubmitted sexual assault collection kits Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations May 20, 2015
MSP, AG to begin testing, investigation and prosecution of sex assault kits WWMT January 28, 2016
News5 Investigates: Victims lack access to rape kit testing in rural counties KOAA 5 August 19, 2015
Police: Rape suspect's DNA matched at 1 in 13 quintillion rate http://www.wlwt.com/news/police-rape-suspects-dna-matched-at-1-in-13-quintillion-rate/37641290 January 26, 2016
Thousands of Untested Rape Kits MSN.com November 15, 2015
Our View: Improve DNA testing of rape kits Panama City News Herald September 18, 2015
AG Says More Rape Kits Being Submitted for Testing Star Advertiser October 5, 2017
KSP to receive $1.9 million grant to help with rape kit backlog WLKY.com September 10, 2015
AG: 1st case tied to rape kits left in warehouse leads to conviction Lansing State Journal April 17, 2016
State Crime Lab Submits Untested Rape Kits Data Arkansas Matters February 2, 2016
Vice President Biden Heads to New York City Thursday To Focus on Economy, Sexual Assault Cases ABC 7 Eyewitness News September 9, 2015
After DNA test, man charged with 2001 rape of Valparaiso woman Post-Tribune July 18, 2014

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