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 Sourcesort ascending Author(s) Post Date
Community Newsletter: Racine County’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Announced The Journal Times Samantha Sustachek October 12, 2017
DNA of federal inmate connected to 2006 Lincoln rape Journal Star December 10, 2015
A year after moving facilities, some crime lab backlog is down Lincoln Journal Star Nichole Manna October 31, 2016
Man Charged in 1995 New York City Rape and Robbery After DNA Match Jezebel Anna Merlan May 4, 2015
Fed Up With Police Dawdling, Detroit Women Join Together to Get 11,341 Rape Kits Tested Jezebel Hillary Crosley Coker November 9, 2015
Cities Are Finally Getting Around to the Backlog of Rape Kits Jezebel Stassa Edwards May 30, 2015
Cities Across the U.S. Are Beginning to Wade Through Rape Kit Backlog Jezebel Ellie Shechet January 5, 2015
Approximately 850 Rape Kit Containers in Austin Found Infested with Mold Jezebel Madeleine Davies June 27, 2017
Treatment for rape without insurance costs more than some good used cars Jezebel Anna Breslaw July 20, 2012
The Rape Kit Story We Don't Want to Read Anymore Jezebel Irin Carmon January 27, 2011
The Shocking Numbers On Untested Rape Kits Jezebel August 11, 2010
Officials Tout Progress Reducing Backlog Untested Rape Kits The Florida Times Union Saphara Harrell April 5, 2016
State releases Florida rape kit backlog assessment results Dan Scanlan January 4, 2016
Rape kit testing concerns continue to be raised as some progress develops Dan Scanlan July 23, 2015
Rape-test kits backlogged across country; Jacksonville addresses the issue Derek Gilliam June 3, 2015
Longtime cold case solved with DNA in Fernandina Beach Dan Scanlan February 26, 2015
Guest Column: Testing rape kits is an issue of public safety Pam Bondi September 11, 2015
Mesquite man facing charges in three cases Ion Mesquite Kent Miller January 29, 2016
Locked Away: Grady Memorial Hospital withheld rape evidence from police, despite victim requests Atlanta Journal Constitution Willoughby Mariano June 13, 2015
Ga. senator defends move to block rape evidence bill but gets some facts wrong Atlanta Constitution Journal Willoughby Mariano March 16, 2016
Untested Grady Memorial Hospital rape kits slated for DNA analysis Atlanta Journal Constitution Willoughby Mariano January 19, 2016
Police: 1,500 sexual assault kits need testing? Meh. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Willoughby Mariano December 7, 2015
How Grady Memorial Hospital proposes to fix its rape kit problem Willoughby Mariano October 14, 2015
State forensic lab deluged with untested DNA from sexual assault cases Willoughby Mariano October 8, 2015
Grady was supposed to refund rape victims. Instead, they billed them. Again Willoughby Mariano August 14, 2015


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