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
Activists Are Launching A National Effort To Stop Rape Kits From Going In The Trash BuzzFeed Tyler Kingkade March 23, 2017
Rape kits delayed is justice denied, Part 3 Florida Politics Florence Snyder March 23, 2017
The first criminal case from testing old rape kits in Tucson Tucson News Now Craig Reck March 22, 2017
Ten years after sentencing, Phoenix police link another rape case to Baseline Killer KTAR March 22, 2017
All rape kits must be tested in 'timely manner' under new AZ law 3TV News Catherine Holland March 22, 2017
Governor Ducey Signs Bill To Achieve Justice For Sexual Assault Victims Prescott eNews March 22, 2017
Bill would create statewide system to track rape testing kits Portland Press Herald Edward D. Murphy March 22, 2017
Lawmakers Want To Start Crowdfunding Rape Kit Tests Forbes Janet Burns March 22, 2017
2,156 untested sexual assault kits processed as state works to clear backlog WKMG March 21, 2017
Previously untested sexual assault kit links with serial rapist; As kits come back work continues to inform victims Spectrum News Nick Storm March 21, 2017
Wintrow leads the fight against sexual assault Standard Journal March 21, 2017
9 Investigates major DNA break in 20-year-old Volusia County rape case WFTV Karla Ray March 20, 2017
Rape kit retention bill headed to Idaho governor's desk KXAN Phil Prazan March 20, 2017
Rape kit retention bill headed to Idaho governor's desk Local News 8 AP March 20, 2017
Push to test rape kits has slowed work at state crime labs in Utah, other states The Salt Lake Tribune Jessica Miller March 20, 2017
Will new robotics, new mandate spur faster testing of Utah’s rape kits ­— or fuel a new backlog? The Salt Lake Tribune Jessica Miller March 19, 2017
Search for justice: State chops away at rape kit testing backlog Standard-Examiner Mark Shenefelt March 19, 2017
KBI initiative leads to statewide inventory of unsubmitted sexual assault kits The Topeka Capital-Journal Luke Ranker March 18, 2017
Arizona roughly 20% of the way through testing rape kit backlog ABC 15 Melissa Blasius March 17, 2017
Man charged for assault on Utah teen after rape kit from 2014 is finally tested Fox 13 Salt Lake City Kiersten Nuñez March 16, 2017
Medical Center Hospital in need of sexual assault nurses News West 9 Chelsey Trahan March 16, 2017
Texas Won’t Pay to Test 20,000 Rape Kits, So It Might Crowdfund the Effort Instead The Daily Beast Kelly Weill March 15, 2017
Texas Wants to Crowdsource Funding for Untested Rape Kits Glamour Maggie Mallon March 15, 2017
Texas Lawmaker Proposes Crowdfunding to Tackle Backlog of Rape Kits The New York Times Christine Hauser March 15, 2017
KBI: More Than 2,000 Sexual Assault Kits Statewide Not Submitted For Testing KMUW Andrea Tudhope March 15, 2017


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