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
Wisconsin’s Untested Rape Kits: Only 9 Cleared Under $4M Grant Milwaukee Patch Beth Dalbey February 3, 2017
With 600th rape kit indictment, Prosecutor Michael O'Malley reflects on two ways to stop serial crimes cleveland.com Rachel Dissell July 25, 2017
With cases hinging on DNA evidence, rape victims' wait for justice can be 'agonizing' FOX 4 KC Katie Banks November 4, 2015
With most rape kits tested, focus turns to prosecutions Detroit Free Press Paul Egan September 2, 2015
With new law, Minnesota starts to tally untested rape kits FOX News Associated Press August 2, 2015
With new law, Ohio continues trend toward national leadership on rape kit testing The Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell December 19, 2014
With new money, state chips away at daunting backlog of rape evidence — but can’t keep up Seattle Times Sara Jean Green December 15, 2016
With sex assault evidence kits ready to be tested, Virginia to reach out to survivors The Roanoke Times Katie Demeria February 6, 2017
With Sex Workers Too, Rape Is Still Rape RH Reality Check Kate D'Adamo January 4, 2016
Witness in 1st UMass gang rape trial testify about physical exam, rape kit analysis Mass Live Fred Contrada March 24, 2015
Woelfel leading fight to help sexual assault victims find justice The Herald-Dispatch Lacie Pierson March 24, 2017
Woman believes her missing rape kit will solve 33-year-old rape case WTVR.com Vernon Freeman Jr. and Melissa Hipolit August 29, 2017
Woman had to visit 3 hospital emergency rooms before finally being given a rape kit The New York Times Women in the World Staff August 28, 2016
Woman Says Cop Made Her a Victim Again Courthouse News Service Erin McAuley July 1, 2015
Woman Shares Story Of Alleged Rape, Urges Others To Speak Up 10TV Bryant Somerville September 6, 2015
Woman sues S.F. for failing to investigate her 2010 rape and never testing rape kit SF Examiner Jonah Owen Lamb January 7, 2016
Woman's lawsuit claims Harvey failed to test rape kit Chicago Tribune Dawn Rhodes March 21, 2012
Woman's Sex Assault Kit Not Tested Until 5 Years After Rape U.S. News & World Report AP June 13, 2017
Woman's story helps reshape state's rape laws CLTV WGN Web Desk October 22, 2015
Women 'acting as a voice' for other rape victims KOIN 6 Amy Fraizer and KOIN 6 News Staff March 30, 2015
Women Are Using Social Media as a Megaphone to Confront Nightlife's Rape Problem VICE Michelle Lhooq August 25, 2015
Women claim race played a factor in rape kit testing Wreg.com Stephanie Scurlock September 12, 2014
Women Deserve Better Than A Backlog of Over 400,000 Untested Rape Kits Care2.com Ximena Ramirez March 1, 2015
Women rally to raise $600K to solve rape kit crisis Detroit Free Press Rochelle Riley October 8, 2015
Women sexually assaulted in the U.S. often forced to handle costs for testing, other medical treatment: study NY Daily News Reuters April 21, 2017

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