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
Rape kit testing gets much needed funding Sammamish Review September 21, 2015
New Law Leads To Arrest in 2007 Sex Assault Case KKTVQ 11 News April 24, 2015
New Jersey requires longer retention of sex assault medical evidence Greenfield Daily Reporter July 10, 2014
Ohio tests more than 9,800 rape kits or DNA matches WLWT February 3, 2016
Bill to address rape kit backlog goes before lawmakers News West 9 January 25, 2016
Bill seeks quicker testing of rape kits News 4 Jax September 17, 2015
Police: DNA Links Texas Man to 2008 Sexual Assault of Sleeping 10-Year-Old Santa Ana Girl CBS Los Angeles April 10, 2015
Grant money to help Dallas County test rape kit backlog FOX 4 October 6, 2015
Alameda County receives grant to reduce rape kit backlog CBS2 San Fran March 26, 2013
Adam Bowers Sentenced In 2001 Sexual Assault Case 5 News September 14, 2015
Members of Michigan Delegation Meet with Advocates to Address Issue of Untested Rape Kits Senator Gary Peters April 15, 2015
Editorial: Justice for victims as Dallas' rape-kit backlog eases Dallas Morning New June 28, 2015
Detroit man charged in 2008 cold case rape after testing rape kit WXYZ Detroit October 8, 2015
Insult to injury: Some victims still charged for 'rape kits' RT December 22, 2015
Local Police Departments To Get Federal Funds For Rape Kit Tests CBS SF Bay Area August 4, 2016
Auditor General DePasquale Plans Special Report on 1,852 Backlogged Untested Rape Kits Reported to Department of Health Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General May 4, 2016
Rape Kit Bill Passes Senate Committee ABC News June 17, 2014
VP Biden Announces $41M To Help With Rape Kit Testing My FOX Memphis March 16, 2015
Also up on Beacon Hill The Sun Chronicle January 17, 2016
Survey Focuses On Sexual Assaults on MSU Campus WLNS April 6, 2015
Detroit rape kit backlog nearly completed Click On Detroit July 17, 2015
1976 rape and murder case of Righteous Brothers singer's ex-wife is solved, detectives say The Los Angeles Times January 28, 2017
TBI receives almost $1 million to eliminate sexual assault kit backlog WRCBTV September 10, 2015
Montana police need to test rape kits Montana Kaiman September 30, 2015
Suspect in EMT attacks to face more charges, including torture FOX 2 Detroit December 1, 2015


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