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
Special Effort to Test Old Sex Assault Kits Expanding to Other Counties Oregonian Maxine Bernstein January 18, 2018
Albuquerque Mayor Wants Police to Clear Rape Kit Backlog U.S. News & World Report Mary Hudetz January 17, 2018
Audit: Tennessee Should Require Rape Kit Backlog Update U.S. News & World Report Associated Press January 17, 2018
Too Many Rapes Dismissed East Bay Express Scott Morris January 16, 2018
Beshear Establishes Cold Case Unit to Seek Justice for Sexual Assault Victims Kentucky New Era Kentucky Press News Service January 16, 2018
Statewide Support Will Soon be Available for Victims with Previously Untested Sexual Assault Kits Salt Lake Tribune Jessica Miller January 16, 2018
New Policy May Allow Analysis of More Than 500 Untested San Diego Rape Kits San Diego Union Tribune David Garrick January 11, 2018
SDPD Briefs City Council on Rape Kit Testing Protocol NBC 7 San Diego Danielle Radin January 11, 2018
Texas Makes Progress on Rape Kit Backlog Spectrum News Austin Max Gorden January 10, 2018
San Diego Struggles With 558 Untested Rape Kits Courthouse News Bianca Bruno January 10, 2018
Two Sides Head to Mediation after Woman Sues Eastern Montana Hospital for Not Giving Her A Rape Kit KPVI Phoebe Tollefson January 10, 2018
Bill Would Create System to Track Indiana's Backlog of Untested Rape Kits WIBC RTV6 January 9, 2018
Campus Sexual Assault Bills Introduced in Nebraska Legislature 1011 Now WOWT January 8, 2018
Bill Would Create System to Track Indiana's Backlog of Untested Rape Kits RTV6 Stephanie Wade January 8, 2018
We Should Be More Outraged about Rape in Detroit Detroit Free Press Nancy Kaffer January 6, 2018
DA Wants All Rape Kits Tested, but Crime Labs Warn that Results Likely Won't be Helpful San Diego Union Tribune Joshua Stewart January 4, 2018
Rape Kits in America: From Swabs to Serial Killers in ViCAP Forensic Magazine Seth Augenstein January 4, 2018
Busting the Backlog Police Magazine Ronnie Garrett January 3, 2018
Rape Kits in America: Battling the Backlog-on-Backlog in SAKI Forensic Magazine Seth Augenstein January 3, 2018
Rape Kits in America: Devil's in the Forensic Details in Ohio Study Forensic Magazine Seth Augenstein January 2, 2018
Formerly Disgraced DC Crime Lab Eliminates Rape Kit Backlog WTOP Megan Cloherty January 2, 2018
In Unusual Step, Victims Told of Destroyed Rape Kits The Republic Martha Waggoner January 1, 2018
State Audit Reveals 238 Untested Rape Kits in Lake County Chicago Tribune Becky Jacobs December 29, 2017
Audits of State’s Untested Rape Kits Unlikely to be Completed by Deadline The Frontier Kassie McClung December 28, 2017
500 Rape Kits Result in 1300 DNA "Hits" in Florida ABC7 WWSB December 28, 2017


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