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
News5 Investigates: Victims lack access to rape kit testing in rural counties KOAA 5 August 19, 2015
RTI International to provide training and technical assistance for National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative RTI International September 16, 2015
MSP, AG to begin testing, investigation and prosecution of sex assault kits WWMT January 28, 2016
Legislation Extends Statute of Limitations on Testing Rape Evidence WSIU August 6, 2015
Washington State Law Requires Rape Kit Testing NBC News May 14, 2015
RapidHIT DNA Profile Uploaded to UK National DNA Database Identifies Dangerous Sex Offender While Suspect in Custody Business Wire August 24, 2015
350 local rape victims wait longer for answers WFTV 9 February 17, 2017
SPD to Test All Sexual Assault Kits SPD Blotter January 22, 2015
Washington state lab needs more money to clear rape kit backlog The Bellingham Herald December 31, 2015
DeWine releases July Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative update The Pike County Daily July 3, 2014
Editorial: Delaware needs to lead, not follow with rape kits Delaware Online March 29, 2016
Adjudications in Circuit Court Beebe News August 12, 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
Police agencies should heed rape-kit deadline The Columbus Dispatch October 2, 2015
Wayne County Asking for $1 Million to Finish Testing Rape Kits WILX November 3, 2015
Mariska Hargitay’s New Documentary Shines Light on Epidemic of Untested Rape Kits NBC Nightly News April 13, 2018
State Crime Lab Submits Untested Rape Kits Data Arkansas Matters February 2, 2016
Richardson: No more excuses when dealing with sexual assaults East Valley Tribune August 2, 2015
After DNA test, man charged with 2001 rape of Valparaiso woman Post-Tribune July 18, 2014
Hundreds of PA rape kits more than 1-year-old remain untested WPXI.com May 25, 2016
Man Accused Of Rape Nearly 30-Years Ago Appears In Court CBS Miami August 18, 2014
KBI receives grant to test unsubmitted sexual assault kits WIBW.com September 15, 2015
MSU Scholar Honored for Helping Rape Victims Michigan State University April 3, 2015
Thumbs down: Slow action on rape kits unfair to public The Herald-Dispatch September 21, 2016
Report Released on Memphis Rape Kit Backlog NewsChannel5 June 18, 2014

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