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
Viewpoint: Answers Needed on Untested Rape Kits in St. Joseph County South Bend Tribune Jill Bodensteiner December 14, 2017
Our Opinion: Sex Assault Victims Failed by Backlog of Untested Kits South Bend Tribune South Bend Tribune Editorial Board December 10, 2017
Who's to Blame for Untested Rape Kits in St. Joseph County? South Bend Tribune Ted Booker December 8, 2017
Wisconsin DOJ Contracts with 2 More Labs, Including One in Salt Lake City, to Test Rape Kits Salt Lake Tribune Associated Press February 6, 2018
Statewide Support Will Soon be Available for Victims with Previously Untested Sexual Assault Kits Salt Lake Tribune Jessica Miller January 16, 2018
Bay Area Leaders Outraged at Berkeley Police Lapse on Rape Kit San Francisco Chronicle Melody Gutierrez March 15, 2018
Editorial: Changing Bay Area’s Rape Kit Backlog Requires Change in Police Culture San Francisco Chronicle Chronicle Editorial Board March 16, 2018
Efforts to Clear California’s Rape Kit Testing Backlog Fall Short San Francisco Chronicle Melody Gutierrez & Kimberly Veklerov March 16, 2018
Man Who Stayed Free While Rape Kit Went Untested Is Accused of 2015 Murder San Francisco Chronicle Melody Gutierrez March 14, 2018
Washington State Gets $3M to Ease Backlog of 6,000 Untested Rape Kits Seattle Times Sara Jean Green October 7, 2017
Georgia Agency Reports Progress in State’s Rape Kit Backlog Seattle Times Associated Press April 22, 2018
Why Minnesota Law Enforcement Agencies Have Thousands of Untested Rape Kits Statewide SC Times Nora G. Hertel April 26, 2018
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
More Rape Kits in Southern Nevada Being Tested After New Law Las Vegas Review-Journal Ramona Giwargis February 27, 2018
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
Las Vegas ‘I Am Evidence’ Screening Examines Rape-Kit Backlog Las Vegas Review-Journal Mia Sims April 14, 2018
Former Metro Officer Suspected in Las Vegas Cold Case Admits Details in Arrest Report Las Vegas Review-Journal Mike Shoro January 26, 2018
Ex-Las Vegas Police Officer Could Face Death Penalty in 1997 Case Las Vegas Review-Journal David Ferrara March 22, 2018
Lawmakers, Advocates Aim to Continue Rape Kit Reform This Legislative Session Frontier Kassie McClung February 9, 2018


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