The Backlog

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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
After night of terror, years of anguish, she finds meaning The Boston Globe Yvonne Abraham March 22, 2015
Amid US backlogs, Mass. keeps up with rape kit testing Boston Globe Catherine Cloutier and Todd Wallack September 10, 2015
Prosecutor backs expanded DNA testing Boston Globe Evan Allen September 17, 2015
Four Ways The Law Lets Rapists Get Away With Rape Bustle Joseph D. Lyons July 5, 2017
Baltimore County Police Say Detectives Will Now Interview Every Rape Victim Buzzfeed Alex Campbell and Katie J.M. Baker October 20, 2016
Maryland Lawmakers Say Its Rape Laws Need To Change Buzzfeed Alex Campbell and Katie J. M. Baker February 13, 2017
When Detectives Dismiss Rape Reports Before Investigating Them Buzzfeed Alex Campbell and Katie J.M. Baker September 8, 2016
After A College Student Killed Herself Following Her Alleged Rape, A Congressman Wants To Change The Law BuzzFeed News Katie J.M. Baker July 27, 2017
Activists Are Launching A National Effort To Stop Rape Kits From Going In The Trash BuzzFeed Tyler Kingkade March 23, 2017
13,000 Rape Kits Tested as Part of Special Initiative Circleville Herald October 5, 2017
First Step in Sexual Assault Kit Audit: 'Getting Actual Numbers,' Hawley Says Missourian Anna Brett November 12, 2017
Missouri Attorney General Announces Audit of Unprocessed Sexual Assault Evidence Kits Missourian Paige Cox November 9, 2017
When Evidence Goes Untested, Sex Offenders Go Undetected, Advocates Say Columbia Missourian Anna Brett October 29, 2017
Serial Rape Suspect Gets 40 Years in Prison After Backlogged Rape Kits Tested dallasnews.com Tasha Tsiaperas September 1, 2017
Hundreds of rape kits gather mold in storage at Austin Police Department Dallas News Abigail Shaw June 28, 2017
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
Colorado eliminates backlog of rape test kits, identifies suspects in hundreds of old cases The Denver Post Noelle Phillips July 16, 2016
Aldermen Decry Backlog in Thousands of Untested Rape Kits DNAinfo Ted Cox July 27, 2015
Justice Is Rare For Rape Victims; One Survivor Is Fighting To Change That DNAinfo Erica Demarest October 7, 2016
Brothers Accused In 9-Year Rape Spree Charged Again DNAInfo Joe Ward October 14, 2016
Man Convicted in 1998 Park Slope Subway Station Cold Case Rape, DA Says DNAinfo Ben Fractenberg May 16, 2017
Statement Before the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Federal Bureau of Investigation Amy S. Hess June 18, 2015
Lawmakers Want To Start Crowdfunding Rape Kit Tests Forbes Janet Burns March 22, 2017
Lewis Young pushes for tracking system in sexual assault cases The Frederick News-Post Danielle E. Gaines and Jeremy Arias February 21, 2017
Idaho Has Come A Long Way in Dealing with Sexual Assault Idaho Press Tribune Rep. Melissa Winthrow & Police Chief Craig Kingsbury October 13, 2017

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