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
100 Cuyahoga County rape kit indictments: Share your comments and ask questions The Cleveland Plain Dealer Leila Atassi and Rachel Dissell May 2, 2014
1000s of untested rape kits deny many justice CBS News Associated Press March 17, 2012
11 Ways to Solve Rape Better than Nail Polish Mic Elizabeth Plank August 28, 2014
11,000 untested rape kits found in Detroit inspires new Michigan law to speed up process MLive Jonathan Oosting June 26, 2014
11,000 untested rape kits: Detroit police 'cut corner,' blamed victims, report says Gus Burns April 7, 2015
11-year-old girl inspires Pa. auditor general to start petition to end rape kit testing backlog Penn Live Barbara Miller January 26, 2017
11-year-old girl's kidnapping and rape solved by DNA from a discarded water bottle, police say Los Angeles Times Joseph Serna November 16, 2016
12-year-old Madison Wertz reaches 5,000 Signatures with Her Petition PA Homepage Jayne Ann Bugda July 10, 2017
13,000 Rape Kits Tested as Part of Special Initiative Circleville Herald October 5, 2017
13,435 Untested Rape Kits Found In Florida; 27 Percent Are In Miami-Dade Miami New Times Kyle Munzenrieder January 4, 2016
13News Now Investigates: Untested rape kits 13News Now Laura Geller July 16, 2015
14-Year-Old Rape Kit Implicates Ex-Cop Now Working At Children’s Home (VIDEO) Addicting Info Shannon Barber September 11, 2014
170 rape kits, no investigations until Cook County stepped in to seek justice Chicago Tribune Katharine Rosenberg-Douglas August 21, 2017
1976 rape and murder case of Righteous Brothers singer's ex-wife is solved, detectives say The Los Angeles Times January 28, 2017
1st Indictment filed after increased rape kit testing Fox8 Cleveland Darcie Loreno March 14, 2013
2 arrested for 2008 sex assault after rape kits tested WFAA 8 ABC January 7, 2016
2 Bay Area Counties Among Recipients of Grant to Test Rape Kit Backlog CBS SF Bay Area September 11, 2015
2 Investigators: State Police Lab May Need Two Years To Catch Up On Rape Kits CBS Chicago Pam Zekman October 30, 2015
2,000-plus pending sexual assault kits identified in Kansas CJ Online September 21, 2015
2,156 untested sexual assault kits processed as state works to clear backlog WKMG March 21, 2017
2,300 untested rape kits sent to state crime lab to help solve Ohio cases ABC5 Cleveland Associated Press February 1, 2013
2,800 Rape Kits Sit Untested in San Diego NBC San Diego Nicole Gomez and R. Stickney May 19, 2015
20 States Receiving Grants to Process Backlog of Rape Evidence Public News Service September 14, 2015
20 years after stranger raped Minnesota woman, a suspect is charged Duluth News Tribune Sarah Horner March 2, 2017
2009 Report: Rape kits go untested WWLTV Katie Moore July 15, 2015


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