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) Post Datesort ascending
Only Balto. Co. applied for funds to process untested rape kits The Baltimore Sun Catherine Rentz April 8, 2017
LMPD begins notifying victims from rape kit backlog Wave 3 News William Joy April 7, 2017
House passes bill aimed at improving sexual assault kit processing KTVA CBS 11 News April 7, 2017
WV Sen. Woelfel battles for sexual assault bills The Herald-Dispatch Lacie Pierson April 7, 2017
New Laws Aim to Help Victims of Sexual Violence, Trafficking U.S. News & World Report AP April 7, 2017
Utah Crime Lab to Speed up Sexual Assault Testing U.S. News & World Report Hallie Golden April 6, 2017
Idaho Moves to Adopt New Rape Kit Retention Standards U.S. News & World Report AP April 6, 2017
Annie Kuster, other members of Congress form sexual assault task force WMUR Jean Mackin April 5, 2017
The Montana Department of Justice is working to find storage and test nearly 1,400 rape kits. KBZK Patrice Parks April 5, 2017
Unfounded: Mishandling of sex-assault cases violates right to equality, lawsuit alleges The Globe and Mail Robyn Doolittle April 5, 2017
Would You Give A Dollar To Help Test Rape Kits? This Dallas Lawmaker Hopes So KERA News Christopher Connelly April 5, 2017
Kentucky AG Andy Beshear to offer sexual assault cold case training on SAFE Kit Backlog KFVS 12 Joshua Murray April 4, 2017
State will standardize collection, testing of sexual assault kits Independent Record Holly K. Michels April 4, 2017
MT DOJ provides update on backlog of sexual assault test kits KPAX John Riley April 3, 2017
Lawmakers set to pass rape kit retention bill, but not mandatory testing The Baltimore Sun Catherine Rentz April 3, 2017
Former Detroit Lion is raising money to test rape kits Detroit Metro Times Lee DeVito April 3, 2017
Serial indifference Houston Chronicle Anita Hassan April 3, 2017
Scope of untested rape evidence expands Post-Crescent Keegan Kyle April 3, 2017
What happened to Detroit's untested rape kits? Detroit Free Press Kristen Jordan Shamus April 2, 2017
Guest opinion: Changing the way we talk about rape Billings Gazette Beth Wiley April 2, 2017
Bill Grappling with Massive Backlog of Sexual Assault Kits Likely Headed to House Floor Alaska Commons Craig Tuten April 2, 2017
Harris County authorities charged a convicted rapist again and again. So why was he still out on the streets assaulting homeless women? Houston Chronicle Anita Hassan April 2, 2017
Women: Trump budget cuts could victimize us again Detroit Free Press Kristen Jordan Shamus April 1, 2017
In Pursuit of Justice State Legislatures Magazine Rich Williams April 1, 2017
Greeley authorities and advocates discuss Colorado’s statute of limitations on rape The Tribune Tommy Simmons April 1, 2017


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