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 descending Author(s) Post Date
Public Hospitals in NYC Have Destroyed Over 800 Rape Kits Since 2012 Broadly Vanessa Nason November 13, 2017
How the Critical Shortage of Sexual Assault Nurses Harms Survivors Across the US Broadly Haley Potiker August 31, 2016
The Sexual Assault Survivor Saving Untested Rape Kits from the Trash VICE Gabby Bess February 2, 2016
Despite backlog of rape kits, California’s not requiring they be tested or tallied CALmatters Samantha Young May 17, 2017
No end in sight for clearing backlog of 1,000 Austin Police Department DNA kits Community Impact Christopher Neely January 3, 2017
Austin Police Department’s rape kit backlog receives much needed help Community Impact Christopher Neely February 16, 2017
Chicago Suburb Accused of Indifference Toward Rape Victims Courthouse News Lorraine Bailey January 18, 2017
Advocates worry rape kit backlog will discourage victims, enable offenders Cronkite News Aida Chavez October 25, 2016
West Virginia tracks sexual assault evidence GCN Matt Leonard May 18, 2017
Ten years after sentencing, Phoenix police link another rape case to Baseline Killer KTAR March 22, 2017
Grant of $3 million to pay for Utah rape-kits tests and suspect database Cristina Flores September 11, 2015
Results back on hundreds of rape kits tested by State Crime Lab KUTV Jeremy Harris October 7, 2015
APD to Hire Retired Investigators to Help with Sexual Assault Cases KXAN KXAN Staff December 19, 2017
Police announce man’s arrest in 2004 cold case rape Las Vegas Sun Brandon McGuire October 12, 2016
Ex-Las Vegas Officer Gets Court Date in 1997 Sex-Murder Case Las Vegas Sun Associated Press January 22, 2018
Senate Joint Resolution 20 Kentucky Senate Senator Denise Harper February 26, 2015
Ohio Senate Bill 316 Ohio General Assembly Senator Capri Cafaro April 1, 2014
An Old Dominion University student said campus police prevented her from getting rape kit Mic Sarah Harvard October 13, 2016
Black female scientist using $324K grant to research rape investigation methods Mic Claire Lampen December 12, 2016
Nearly 850 backlogged rape kits were found infested with mold in Texas Mic Marie Solis June 28, 2017
24 Years Later, DNA Leads to Arrest in Manhattan Attack on a Girl The New York Times James C. McKinley, Jr. May 4, 2017
TPD Gets Grant to Analyze Sexual Assault Evidence Arizona Public Media Mariana Dale September 17, 2015
Rape and Punishment: How a Campaign to Analyze Old DNA Evidence Is Impacting Survivors Vice News Liz Fields June 22, 2015
New Memphis Rape-Kit Facility a Model for Other Cities Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan December 15, 2015
New Kentucky Bill Requires Rape Kits Be Tested Within 30 Days Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan January 13, 2016


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