The Backlog

Media 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
Forensic nurse training another barrier for rape victims Argus Leader Mark Walker July 21, 2015
Man arrested for sexual assault while impersonating cop WUSA Staff WUSA 9 July 21, 2015
Why Haven't 70,000 Rape Kits Been Tested for DNA? NBC News Kate Snow and Rich McHugh July 20, 2015
Latest numbers: how many rape kits still need to be tested WCYB Tiana Bohner July 20, 2015
Local Agencies Confident Untested Rape Kits Not Collecting Dust Valley News Live Bradford Arick July 20, 2015
Tested rape kits turn up suspected serial rapists WLNS Christa Lamendola July 20, 2015
State law could prompt DNA backlog The Town Talk Melissa Gregory July 20, 2015
State, local officials reviewing or changing policies on rape-kit testing USA TODAY Steve Reilly July 20, 2015
7 Investigates: Processing rape kits a priority in Idaho KTVB Tami Tremblay July 20, 2015
Minnesota rape kits go untested KARE 11 Trisha Volpe and Steve Eckert July 20, 2015
S.D. law doesn't require rape kits to be tested Argus Leader Jon Hult July 20, 2015
Editorials from around Ohio WOWK TV Associated Press July 20, 2015
Rape evidence has sat on the shelf for years Argus Leader Mark Walker July 20, 2015
National movement prompts local action on rape kits Tallahassee Democrat Jennifer Portman July 19, 2015
Officials: No clear reason for 5,006 untested rape kits IndyStar Marisa Kwiatkowski July 19, 2015
Waiting for rape kit results is 'stab in my heart' Citizen-Times Tonya Maxwell July 18, 2015
Untested rape kits gather dust across region Press Connects Anthony Borrelli July 18, 2015
Report: At least 70k rape kits remain untested in U.S. police depts PBS NEWSHOUR Hari Sreenivasan July 18, 2015
Lancaster police alleviate untested rape kit backlog Lancaster Eagle-Gazette Spencer Roush July 18, 2015
Montana State Crime Lab Says Over 1,600 Rape Kits Remain Untested KGVO.com NBC Montana July 18, 2015
Local police agencies up to date on rape kit testings Newark Advocate Bethany Bruner July 18, 2015
Rural Coloradoans lack access to rape kits 9 News Melissa Blasius July 18, 2015
Dallas PD aims for justice by revisiting untested rape kits WFAA Rebecca Lopez July 18, 2015
More than 100 Peninsula-area rape evidence kits not tested, report shows Daily Press Sarah J. Ketchum July 18, 2015
Worthy: Detroit rape kit backlog nearly cleared but more work ahead Detroit Free Press Katrease Stafford July 18, 2015

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