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.

Titlesort ascending Source Author(s) Post Date
Thousands of rape kit left untested despite federal pledge, critics blame DOJ FOX News Barnini Chakraborty July 24, 2015
Thousands of Rape Exam Kits Never Processed Statewide Reporter Janet Williams December 4, 2017
Thousands of Ohio rape kits tested for DNA matches WFMJ May 9, 2015
Thousands of Detroit rape victims may never see justice Al Jazeera America Bisi Onile-Ere November 13, 2013
Thousands May End In Jail As Law Enforcers Process Rape Kit Test Results International Business Times Vittorio Hernandez June 1, 2015
Thousands Awaiting Justice Are Closer to Day in Court WPSD Local 6 Blake Stevens October 12, 2017
Thompson: A rape survivor opens up The Detroit News Bankole Thompson October 29, 2015
This Training Helps Nurses Treat Sexual Assault Survivors With Life-Changing Results Elite Daily Alexandra Svokos November 29, 2016
This State Just Took A Huge Step Toward Solving More Rapes Vocativ Tracy Clark-Flory February 28, 2017
This State Assembly Bill Could Help End California's Notorious Rape Kit Backlog LAist Emma Specter May 26, 2017
This nurse’s refrigerator is full of untested rape kits. Here’s why Pioneer Press Tad Vezner February 20, 2017
This Man’s Heartbreaking Story Shows How Lawyers Coerce Too Many Innocent People to Plead Guilty Atlanta Black Star Ricky Riley February 4, 2017
This is Why Rape Kits Must Be Tested Dispatches from the Culture Wars Ed Brayton September 13, 2014
This is why more than 2,200 Kansas sexual assault kits haven’t been tested yet The Topeka Capital-Journal Katie Moore July 30, 2017
This Is Where The Law Messes Up When Talking About Sexual Violence MTV News Katherine Speller May 11, 2015
This Group Is Raising Money To Test Decades-Old Rape Kits and Find Justice For Thousands Huffington Post Kate Abby-Lambertz January 8, 2015
These two Massachusetts police departments said it would take more than 30 hours to check evidence rooms for untested rape kits MassLive Melissa Hanson July 12, 2017
These New State Hires Could Help Cut Down North Carolina’s Rape Kit Backlog Under The Dome Will Doran December 7, 2017
These Detroit Rape Kit Statistics Could Mean There Are 29,000 Unknown Serial Rapists In The U.S. Bustle Virginia Chamlee December 19, 2017
There should be no statute of limitations for rape Danielle Tudor April 17, 2015
There are more than 9,000 untested rape kits in Tennessee The Washington Post Abby Ohlheiser September 2, 2014
There are finally federal guidelines for testing rape kits MuckRock Vanessa Nason August 11, 2017
The woman behind the sexual-assault survivor ‘bill of rights’ PBS NewsHour Judy Woodruff October 28, 2016
The War on Drugs Could Be Making Our Communities More Dangerous VICE Justin Glawe November 8, 2015
The War At Home: Untested Rape Kits A National Disgrace Neon Tommy Corinne Gaston September 23, 2014


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