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.

Titlesort descending Source Author(s) Post Date
Why rape kits go untested in Virginia Washington Post Rachel Weiner July 7, 2015
Why Rape Kits Were Being Destroyed in Utah Good4Utah Kim Fischer April 12, 2016
Why rapists have a 76 percent chance of getting away with the crime The Birmingham News Sarah Tofte August 24, 2013
Why state police are grappling with a rape kits backlog Statesman Journal Gordon Friedman October 2, 2016
Why there's a 5-day window to collect evidence in rape cases MLive Monica Scott November 3, 2016
Why Thousands Of Rape Kits Are Going Untested NPR On Point with Tom Ashbrook July 23, 2015
Why We Cosponsored A Bill To Give Sexual Assault Victims A Bill of Rights Independent Journal Review Congresswoman Mimi Walters and Congressman Darrell Issa September 14, 2016
Why Won't Washington Work: Funding to fix backlog of 400,000 untested rape kits stuck in Congress CNN Jake Tapper December 11, 2014
WI Attorney General: state will test two-thirds of 6K untested rape kits WMTV Morgan Wolfe March 30, 2017
Wichita police have 1,125 sexual assault kits untested for DNA Wichita Eagle Matt Riedl July 17, 2015
Will new focus on rape kit tests put thousands behind bars? Associated Press Sharon Cohen May 31, 2015
Will new robotics, new mandate spur faster testing of Utah’s rape kits ­— or fuel a new backlog? The Salt Lake Tribune Jessica Miller March 19, 2017
Will Philly End Its Rape Kit Backlog? Philly Mag Liz Spikol May 14, 2015
Window to prosecute Ohio rape cases to be extended to 25 years, longer with DNA evidence Cleveland.com Rachel Dissell May 16, 2015
Wintrow leads the fight against sexual assault Standard Journal March 21, 2017
Wintrow: Keep The Momentum Going Magic Valley Drew Nash October 4, 2017
Wisconsin Clears Less Than 5 Percent of Backlogged Rape Kits Post-Crescent Keegan Kyle September 27, 2017
Wisconsin Department of Justice, advocates focus on survivor-centric approach to sexual assault kit backlog The Capital Times Katelyn Ferral January 27, 2017
Wisconsin DOJ awarded $4M to help solve problem of untested 'rape kits' Madison.com Samara Kalk Derby September 10, 2015
Wisconsin DOJ Launches Program To Address Backlog Of Untested Sexual Assault Evidence Kits SDPB Kristian Knutsen January 31, 2017
Wisconsin DOJ Sets Up Website to Track Sex Assault Kit Tests News and Observer Associated Press September 27, 2017
Wisconsin grapples with 6,000 untested sexual assault kits Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel Andrew Hahn August 8, 2015
Wisconsin still lags on testing rape kits Post-Crescent Keegan Kyle October 2, 2016
Wisconsin to test sexual assault kits, help victims ‘move forward’ The Badger Herald Vidushi Saxena October 7, 2016
Wisconsin works to fight against backlog of thousands of untested rape kits The Daily Cardinal Lilly Price March 15, 2017

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