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
Washington State Gets $3M to Ease Backlog of 6,000 Untested Rape Kits Seattle Times Sara Jean Green October 7, 2017
Insult to injury: Some victims still charged for 'rape kits' RT December 22, 2015
Nevada lawmakers must act on rape kit backlog Las Vegas Review-Journal Natasha Alexenko and Ilse Knecht April 15, 2017
Proposed law would allow for victims to track status of rape kit testing Las Vegas Review-Journal Ben Botkin March 8, 2017
Rape kit law is big step for Nevada but questions remain Las Vegas Review-Journal Wesley Juhl June 9, 2017
Rape kit bill adds Laxalt amendments, passes Nevada Assembly committee Las Vegas Review-Journal Wesley Juhl April 12, 2017
Nevada lawmakers exploring legislation to prevent untested sexual assault kit backlogs Las Vegas Review-Journal Wesley Juhl April 15, 2017
Late amendments to rape kit bill get unanimous support in Nevada Assembly commitee Las Vegas Review-Journal Wesley Juhl April 14, 2017
Altered bill on rape kits moves through Nevada Legislature Las Vegas Review-Journal Ben Botkin May 19, 2017
Survivors Unite to Lift the Veil on the Rape Kit Backlog RAINN October 28, 2014
Helping Hearts Helps Guam's Most Vulnerable Guam Daily Post September 4, 2017
DNA Links Serial Rapist to 2003 Akron Attack, Authorities Say Akron Beacon Journal Stephanie Warsmith October 6, 2017
Where Are the Rape-Kit Nurses? The New York Times Brittany Bronson June 20, 2017
Texas Lawmaker Proposes Crowdfunding to Tackle Backlog of Rape Kits The New York Times Christine Hauser March 15, 2017
Federal Dollars Help Clear Untested Rape Kits News Long Island Andrea Sears October 6, 2017
Rape Kit Leads to Arrest in 2006 Case News4Jax Bethany Tucker November 2, 2017
Jacksonville Man Found Guilty of 3 Counts of Sexual Battery News4Jax October 13, 2017
61 cases under investigation as rape kit test results return News 4 JAX Jim Piggott July 21, 2017
The Detroit Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Action Research Project (ARP), Final Report U.S. Department of Justice Dr. Rebecca Campbell March 1, 2015
The 2007 Survey of Law Enforcement Forensic Evidence Processing U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice Kevin J. Strom, et al. October 1, 2009
Five Things About Sexual Assault Kits U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice April 27, 2015
Making Sense of DNA Backlogs, 2012 - Myths vs. Reality National Institute of Justice Mark Nelson, Ruby Chase, and Lindsay DePalma January 1, 2014
The Road Ahead: Unanalyzed Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases National Institute of Justice Nancy Ritter April 30, 2011
Analysis of Untested Sexual Assault Kits in New Orleans National Institute of Justice Mark Nelson May 1, 2013
New Orleans Sexual Assault Evidence Project: Results and Recommendations National Institute of Justice Nancy Ritter September 1, 2013

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