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
New law helps sexual assault victims track rape kits KEPR TV Hannah Vogel May 16, 2016
Pedi cab driver charged with sexual assault of female passenger FOX 31 Denver Hsing Tseng June 25, 2015
Sex offender accused in 2011 rape facing new charges in another rape this year KATU July 1, 2017
Rape survivor and advocate 'heartbroken' after police take 6 years to arrest rape suspect KATU News Joe Douglass June 13, 2017
New bill aims to end backlog in untested rape kits KATU 2 Stephen Mayer January 29, 2016
'Melissa's Law' designed to get thousands of rape victims justice KATU 2 Jackie LaBrecque February 2, 2016
Latest Arrest May Be Tip of The Iceberg in Backlogged Rape Kit Testing KATU2 Bob Heye March 1, 2018
KBI surveys law enforcement agencies on rape kits Kansas First News Brian Dulle November 24, 2014
Arlington rape victim gets justice after 2 decades WUSA9 Debra Alfarone November 6, 2014
Interview with Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley about backlogged rape kits KALW Hana Baba November 5, 2014
Nearly a year later, no testing done on sex assault kits Juneau Empire James Brooks August 24, 2017
'Choose Respect' funding cut hours after rally Katie Moritz March 27, 2015
JPD Audits Rape Kit Backlog Juneau Empire James Brooks December 6, 2017
Juneau’s Rape Kit Backlog is ‘One of The Worst’ Nationwide Juneau Empire James Brooks November 26, 2017
New trial ordered in 1995 attempted rape case The Journal Times Kristen Zambo June 25, 2015
Maxed out: Racine man gets 20 years for 2002 rape The Journal Times Kristen Zambo October 22, 2015
Jurors quickly convict Racine man for rape The Journal Times Kristen Zambo August 13, 2015
Appeal in the works for Racine man whose conviction was overturned Journal Times Kristen Zambo August 21, 2015
Almost 13 years later, alleged rapist on trial Journal Times Kristen Zambo August 12, 2015
After 19 years, man charged with attempted rape The Journal Times Kristen Zambo July 21, 2014
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


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