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
61 cases under investigation as rape kit test results return News 4 JAX Jim Piggott July 21, 2017
Help find out what's happened with 13,931 Ohio rape kits sent for testing The Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell July 20, 2017
Just One Of Alabama’s Counties Accounts For 21 Percent Of Its Rape Cases The Daily Caller Anders Hagstrom July 20, 2017
Coroner halts testing of Cincinnati rape kits: 'We need people and we need to get caught up' Cincinnati.com Cameron Knight July 20, 2017
Police, sheriffs must soon pay to use state crime labs WFAA.com Jason Whitely July 20, 2017
Jefferson County to test backlogged rape kits with new $1.5 million grant AL.com Ivana Hrynkiw July 20, 2017
Rape kit backlog shrinking, support for victims growing, state officials report Standard-Examiner Nadia Pflaum July 20, 2017
New all-encompassing Sexual Assault Kit Information Line opens in Utah Good 4 Utah Ali Monsen July 19, 2017
Sex assault victims have new advocate, hotline for tracking rape kits Deseret News Pat Reavy July 19, 2017
Hamilton Co. Crime Lab Stops Testing CPD Rape Kits WVXU Jay Hanselman July 19, 2017
How One Seattle Woman’s Assault Led to Proposed Legislation Nationwide Seattle Weekly Sara Bernard July 18, 2017
Sheriff calls Upstate hospital's response to sex assault case 'absolutely unbelievable' WYFF 4 Stephanie Towers July 17, 2017
Online tracking system for sexual assault kits proves successful KIVI TV Stephanie Hale-Lopez July 17, 2017
DNA Found in Midland Helps Identify Rape Suspect in Charlotte Your Basin July 17, 2017
Fayetteville police make progress in sex assaults after 300+ rape kits trashed CBS North Carolina Robert Richardson July 17, 2017
Sheriff's Office: Hospital refused to give victim a sexual assault examination Greenville Online Staff report July 15, 2017
Rape kit testing should not depend on charity San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board July 15, 2017
Idaho becomes first in the nation with online tracking of sexual assault kits Idaho Press-Tribune Emily Lowe July 15, 2017
DNA from backlogged PERK kit links Reynolds Metals heir to Florida rape WTVR Melissa Hipolit July 14, 2017
AG Madigan Issues Guidelines for Responding to Sexual Assault Crimes WTTW Kristen Thometz July 14, 2017
SANE hopes to contact 3,800 rape kit backlog victims KOB4 Jen French July 13, 2017
Austin ‘condones rape,’ committee leaders charge Austin American-Statesman Tony Plohetski July 13, 2017
The health care shortage that impacts victims of sexual assault newsworks Alex Stern July 13, 2017
Audit of all untested rape kits across the state could help determine storage needs MassLive Scott J. Croteau July 13, 2017
Sexual assault kit tracking system needed in Massachusetts so victims can check status, advocates say MassLive Scott J. Croteau July 13, 2017

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