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
Evidence from hundreds of rape survivors’ bodies sat in a Fresno police freezer for years The Fresno Bee Rory Appleton May 8, 2017
Revamped survey finds fewer backlogged sexual assault evidence kits LancasterOnline Heather Stauffer May 8, 2017
Man enters plea in rape kit case Battle Creek Enquirer Trace Christenson May 5, 2017
Attorney says Boone Elementary School rape kit stuck in backlog KXAN Kylie McGivern May 5, 2017
24 Years Later, DNA Leads to Arrest in Manhattan Attack on a Girl The New York Times James C. McKinley, Jr. May 4, 2017
Pa. shows significant progress in reducing backlog of untested sexual assault evidence Penn Live Charles Thompson May 3, 2017
Rape kit backlog drops, but watchdog cites lack of funding WITF AP May 2, 2017
Crime lab backlog leads to 8-month delay on rape kit DNA analysis WLOS Kimberly King May 2, 2017
Orange County’s only sexual assault examination unit gives rape victims the care that ERs often can’t provide The Orange County Register Kelly Puente May 2, 2017
Utah Valley Everyday Hero: Provo police victims advocate a force for good, pushes rape kit testing Daily Herald Kurt Hanson May 2, 2017
Department of Health releases 2017 report on untested sexual assault kits and backlogged evidence FOX 43 May 2, 2017
As rape kits pile up around the state, victims go ignored, predators walk free KVUE Cori Coffin May 1, 2017
Suspect charged in 1993 uptown Charlotte rape. Guess where he was found. Charlotte Observer Mark Price April 28, 2017
California Lawmakers May Require Untested Rape Kit Reporting U.S. News & World Report Sophia Bollag April 27, 2017
Donations pour in for testing of abandoned rape kits Detroit Free Press Rochelle Riley April 26, 2017
Bixby Woman Helping Push To Have All Rape Kits Tested News on 6 Emory Bryan April 25, 2017
San Diego has Large Backlog of Rape Kits Needing Examination Times of San Diego Debbie L. Sklar April 25, 2017
City Attorney Calls For San Diego To Tackle Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits KPBS City News Service April 25, 2017
Victim advocates for testing, processing of backlogged rape kits Stillwater News Press Janelle Stecklein April 24, 2017
Governor announces Oklahoma Task Force on Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence backlog Red Dirt Report Heide Brandes April 24, 2017
Task force to focus on backlog of untested rape kits Tulsa World Barbara Hoberock April 24, 2017
New law allows donations to fund rape kits The Taos News April 22, 2017
Rape kit backlog may be growing, state auditor says KOB4 Brittany Costello April 22, 2017
State Senate looking for answers about backlogged rape kits Michael Kuhn April 21, 2017
Women sexually assaulted in the U.S. often forced to handle costs for testing, other medical treatment: study NY Daily News Reuters April 21, 2017


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