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
Jefferson County is reforming how it responds to sexual assault ABC3340 Melanie Yuill July 12, 2017
Small Steps Toward Closing California’s Rape Kit Backlog Ms. Magazine Meliss Arteaga July 12, 2017
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
California seeks justice for rape victims on the cheap The Sacramento Bee Foon Rhee July 12, 2017
How many rape kits go untested? 276 Massachusetts police departments didn't answer that question MassLive Melissa Hanson July 12, 2017
Rape Kit Backlog Bill Could Die Despite Overwhelming Support CBS SF Bay Area Melissa Caen July 11, 2017
Rape kit testing bill asks Californians for donations ABC 10 KXTV Staff July 11, 2017
30 years after assault, Michelle Bowdler discovered her rapists' DNA was never tested MassLive Melissa Hanson July 11, 2017
Rape kit testing for SLC backlog has yielded rape charges in five cases The Salt Lake Tribune Mariah Noble July 11, 2017
What is a rape kit and how is it collected? A close look at one of the most difficult tests you hope to never have to take MassLive Melissa Hanson July 11, 2017
Analysts at crime lab helping to solve cases using tool called CODIS WCSH 6 Chris Rose July 11, 2017
Missoula legislators, state leaders celebrate reforms of state rape laws Missoulian Jayme Fraser July 10, 2017
State to start testing rape kits Independent Record Holly K. Michels July 10, 2017
12-year-old Madison Wertz reaches 5,000 Signatures with Her Petition PA Homepage Jayne Ann Bugda July 10, 2017
Feds certify state's unconfirmed sex assault kits Great Falls Tribune Tribune Capitol Bureau July 10, 2017
Backlog of 1,140 Montana Rape Kits Sent Out For DNA Testing KGVO Jon King July 10, 2017
New grants, laws encouraging rape kit testing, reports to victims affects Central Va. The News & Advance Rachel Mahoney July 10, 2017
It happened to my body and not my soul.' Sexual assault survivor speaks out to protect others WKYT Miranda Combs July 9, 2017
8 months after rape report, Amarillo woman waits for justice Lauren Koski July 8, 2017
APD Knew About Moldy Rape Kits Back in April The Austin Chronicle Sarah Marloff July 7, 2017
APD Updates County on Moldy Rape Kits The Austin Chronicle Sarah Marloff July 6, 2017
Officials: Expert ‘wasn’t alarmed’ by rape kits in boxes with mold Austin American-Statesman Taylor Goldenstein July 6, 2017
The SAFE Alliance reaction to moldy rape kits Fox 7 Austin Ashley Paredez July 6, 2017
Four Ways The Law Lets Rapists Get Away With Rape Bustle Joseph D. Lyons July 5, 2017
Michigan confident rape kit tests will yield convictions The Blade AP July 4, 2017


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