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 Source Author(s)sort ascending Post Date
Hawaii police fail to meet deadline on untested rape kits Hawaii Star Advertiser Sophie Cocke September 19, 2016
California Lawmakers May Require Untested Rape Kit Reporting U.S. News & World Report Sophia Bollag April 27, 2017
DNA Leads to Man's Arrest in 1995 Rape Wall Street Journal Sonja Sharp May 1, 2015
Testing Justice: Addressing Tucson's untested rape kits Tucson News Now Som Lisaius November 12, 2015
More than 800 untested rape kits in Amarillo Connect Amarillo Solina Lewis January 29, 2015
Advocates Urge White House to Implement Rape Kit Law RH Reality Check Sofia Resnick September 16, 2015
Investigative Report: How Victim-Blaming Led to the Rape Kit Backlog RH Reality Check Sofia Resnick June 22, 2015
Rape Kits: A Decade and A Billion Dollars Later, Why Can't We Fix the Backlog? RH Reality Check Sofia Resnick May 19, 2015
Now-paralyzed man, 49, admits to 2002 rape after DNA kit match but gets a suspended sentence because he's already in a nursing home The Daily Mail Snejana Farberov February 10, 2017
Pima Co. Attorney, Cochise Co. Sheriff appointed to task force targeting untested rape kits Tucson News Now Sim Lisaius January 27, 2016
Sexual assault survivors urge support of legislation to better track rape kits Mass Live Shira Schoenberg January 13, 2016
Some women won't 'ever again' report a rape in Baltimore The New York Times Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Jess Bidgood August 11, 2016
Michigan Women's Foundation leads campaign to raise $10M to test thousands of rape kits Crain's Detroit Business Sherri Welch January 6, 2015
State auditor launches investigation into untested rape kits KOAT 7 Albuquerque Shelly Ribando October 15, 2015
Reader View: Testing of rape kits should be a state priority Santa Fe New Mexican Shelley Waxman August 27, 2016
Weekly Wrap Up: Rape Kit Backlog 4WomenWorldwide Shelley Seyler January 28, 2011
Officials: Untested rape kits could cause delays, injustice Floyd County Times Sheldon Compton July 30, 2015
Rape Kit Backlogs in Georgia Still A Concern, New Documentary Explores Victims' Stories Fox28 Media Shelbey Roberts October 30, 2017
Rape Kit Backlog Subject of Congressional Hearing WSAV Sheila Parker May 20, 2015
Metro Changes Rape Kit Policy After Finding Nearly 100 Unprocessed In Past Ten Years WSAV 3 Sheila Parker August 26, 2015
More Than 20 Arrested after Fayetteville Police Reinvestigate Old Sexual Assault Cases CBS North Carolina Sheena Elzie November 8, 2017
Unearthing problems can help solve them The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Shawn McIntosh December 31, 2016
Editorial: West Virginia begins work on rape kit backlog Herald Dispatch Sharon Pressman December 18, 2015
State issues new rules for sexual assault cases Burlington County Times Sharon Lurye July 10, 2014
Old Rape Kits and 4 Brave Women Bring Rapist to Justice ABC News Sharon Cohen June 1, 2015

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