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.

Titlesort descending Source Author(s) Post Date
$800K grant will help test old rape kits in Jefferson County Beaumont Enterprise Brandon K. Scott December 29, 2015
'Choose Respect' funding cut hours after rally Katie Moritz March 27, 2015
'Cold Case Rape Kit Testing' Puts Serial Rapist Behind Bars NBC DFW Courtney Gilmore March 13, 2017
'Early morning' rapist pleads guilty to a 2000 rape and burglary Ida Lieszkovasky June 8, 2015
'Early morning' rapist sentenced to 144 years to life in prison Ida Lieszkovasky June 17, 2015
'Early morning' rapist sentenced to 144 years to life in prison Ida Lieszkovasky June 17, 2015
'I was begging for my life,' victim testifies at East Pennsboro Twp. rape-at-gunpoint case Penn Live Steve Marroni December 14, 2015
'It's a public safety issue' — Should Utah require all rape kits to be tested? The Salt Lake Tribune Annie Knox and Jessica Miller April 11, 2016
'Melissa's Law' designed to get thousands of rape victims justice KATU 2 Jackie LaBrecque February 2, 2016
'Melissa's Law' takes aim at untested rape kits KOIN 6 Amy Fraizer February 21, 2016
'Missed opportunities' provide lessons for better rape investigations and prosecutions Rachel Dissell February 10, 2017
'Not in this town' - A look at the fight to test Detroit's rape kits Metro Times Lauren Madison March 13, 2015
'Outrage is consistent' over untested rape kits Courier Journal Matthew Glowicki July 8, 2015
'PERK Kit Work group' set up by Gov. McAuliffe meets today, invites public for comment ABC 8 News WRIC Newsroom September 17, 2015
'Rape kit' evidence brought down 'Ether Man' Albuquerque Journal November 15, 2015
'She was a crack fiend' excuse less accepted as rape investigations and prosecutions improve Rachel Dissell February 10, 2017
'Tag team' serial rapists will serve 30-year prison terms for 3 rapes solved by testing rape kits Rachel Dissell April 28, 2016
'The game's changed': Rape kit retesting gains momentum Star Beacon Justin Dennis September 13, 2015
'Thousands' of rape kits untested in Florida, Pam Bondi says Orlando Sentinel Tiffany Walden September 9, 2015
'We must do better,' reasons behind Alaska's rape kit backlog KTUU Blake Essig March 27, 2015
1 in 10 backlogged Ga. rape kits yield DNA matches, now what? WABE News Lisa Hagen August 24, 2016
1,189 more untested rape kits in Michigan, survey by AG Schuette finds Brad Deveraux January 28, 2016
1,200 rape kits left untested in Sedgwick County Madeline Anderson July 17, 2015
1,400 Backlogged Sexual Assault Kits to be Tested in Tennessee WGNS Radio September 10, 2015
10 Brilliant Dallas Women: Sergeant Amy Mills Is Testing All The Backlogged Rape Kits Dallas Observer Jennifer Davis-Lamm September 10, 2015


keep up with backlog news

END THE BACKLOG is a JOYFUL HEART FOUNDATION initiative and a proud supporter of