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 Sourcesort ascending Author(s) Post Date
Work Continues to Get All Rape Kits in Idaho Tested US News & World Report Associated Press January 29, 2018
Idaho Moves to Adopt New Rape Kit Retention Standards U.S. News & World Report AP April 6, 2017
Recently Tested Rape Kits Match Known Criminals U.S. News & World Report AP June 14, 2017
California Lawmakers May Require Untested Rape Kit Reporting U.S. News & World Report Sophia Bollag April 27, 2017
More Than 2,000 Untested Rape Kits in Wisconsin Involve Possible Child Victims USA Today Keegan Kyle September 11, 2017
Toledo man sentenced to 43 years in prison in 1998 case The Blade Jennifer Feehan August 21, 2017
State's cold-case initiative pays off with convictions in rape cases Toledo Blade Jennifer Feehan October 5, 2015
N.Y. Lawmakers Push for Preservation of Rape Kits Times Union Brendan J. Lyons February 13, 2018
Simotas Urges Passing of Her Legislation to Preserve Rape Kits, Increase Protections for Sexual Assault Survivors Times Ledger Bill Parry February 28, 2018
Ending the Rape Kit Backlog United State of Women United State of Women March 28, 2018
Untested Rape Kits: FAQ The Marshall Project Clare Sestanovich February 27, 2015
Bill Would Create System to Track Indiana's Backlog of Untested Rape Kits RTV6 Stephanie Wade January 8, 2018
I Am Evidence: The Shocking Film on the Truth about Untested Rape Kits The Guardian Amanda Holpuch April 13, 2018
Mariska Hargitay Takes on the Police’s Rape Kit Backlog: ‘They Don’t Understand Trauma’ Daily Beast Amy Zimmerman April 11, 2018
Bill to Aid Sexual Assault Victims Approved Cordova Times Cordova Times Staff May 3, 2018
New Law Lets Texas Drivers Help Tackle The State's Rape Kit Testing Backlog Texas Tribune Jim Malewitz September 18, 2017
Why don’t local police departments pay for rape kit testing? The Texas Tribune Alex Samuels June 23, 2017
Texas Senate advances bill to crowdfund rape kit testing The Texas Tribune Jim Malewitz May 17, 2017
Proposed law would crowdfund donations to help with rape kit backlog The Texas Tribune Neena Satija March 13, 2017
Detroit Prosecutor Identifies 817 Serial Rapists Using Abandoned Rape Kits Teen Vogue Lauren Rearick December 21, 2017
New York City's Public Hospitals Have Destroyed 840 Untested Rape Kits in the Past 5 Years Teen Vogue Lauren Rearick November 29, 2017
Reduction in Backlog of Rape Kits is Praiseworthy Statesman Journal Statesman Journal Staff May 3, 2018
Mold found in containers of about 850 Austin police rape kits Austin American-Statesman Tony Plohetski June 27, 2017
Stanford in Talks with Santa Clara County to Improve Accessibility of ‘Rape Kits’ Stanford Daily Brian Contreras January 22, 2018
St. Joseph County Leads State in Untested Rape Kits South Bend Tribune Ted Booker December 6, 2017


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