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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
Why don’t local police departments pay for rape kit testing? The Texas Tribune Alex Samuels June 23, 2017
New Law Lets Texas Drivers Help Tackle The State's Rape Kit Testing Backlog Texas Tribune Jim Malewitz September 18, 2017
Untested Rape Kits: FAQ The Marshall Project Clare Sestanovich February 27, 2015
State's cold-case initiative pays off with convictions in rape cases Toledo Blade Jennifer Feehan October 5, 2015
Toledo man sentenced to 43 years in prison in 1998 case The Blade Jennifer Feehan August 21, 2017
More Than 2,000 Untested Rape Kits in Wisconsin Involve Possible Child Victims USA Today Keegan Kyle September 11, 2017
California Lawmakers May Require Untested Rape Kit Reporting U.S. News & World Report Sophia Bollag April 27, 2017
Recently Tested Rape Kits Match Known Criminals U.S. News & World Report AP June 14, 2017
Idaho Moves to Adopt New Rape Kit Retention Standards U.S. News & World Report AP April 6, 2017
Law: North Carolina Police Must Inventory Untested Rape Kits U.S. News & World Report Christina Sandidge June 29, 2017
Woman's Sex Assault Kit Not Tested Until 5 Years After Rape U.S. News & World Report AP June 13, 2017
Texas Legislature Advances Rape Kit Backlog Donation Bill U.S. News & World Report AP May 17, 2017
Utah Crime Lab to Speed up Sexual Assault Testing U.S. News & World Report Hallie Golden April 6, 2017
New Laws Aim to Help Victims of Sexual Violence, Trafficking U.S. News & World Report AP April 7, 2017
The Latest: Schimel Didn't Understand Rape Kit Question US News & World Report AP May 16, 2017
Wyoming Man Faces Rape Charges Dating Back to 1974 U.S. News & World Report AP July 12, 2017
Colorado High Court Rules Sex Offenders Can Be Charged for Rape Kits U.S. News & World Report Tom James June 5, 2017
Maryland police bypassing federal funds for rape kit testing The Baltimore Sun AP April 9, 2017
Maryland's untested rape kits, Baltimore's sex assault investigations are shameful The Washington Post Petula Dvorak August 25, 2016
Local man sentenced to 40 years in prison for 2 burglaries, sexual assault Washington Post Keith L. Alexander and Victoria St. Martin January 8, 2016
Another 1,250 rape kits to be tested in Va., Attorney General Herring announces The Washington Post Antonio Olivo June 8, 2017
A rapist left his dentures behind at the crime scene. His name was written inside. But no one looked. The Washington Post Kyle Swenson July 31, 2017
NYPD captain apologizes after saying ‘true stranger rapes’ are more troubling than others The Washington Post Amy B. Wang January 10, 2017
Cause Celeb: Mariska Hargitay seeks more sexual-assault nurses and an end to rape kit backlogs The Washington Post Sarah Polus June 16, 2017
Bill Cosby might have changed the way police investigate rape The Washington Post Danielle Paquette February 2, 2016

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