The Backlog

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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)sort ascending Post Date
Woman believes her missing rape kit will solve 33-year-old rape case WTVR.com Vernon Freeman Jr. and Melissa Hipolit August 29, 2017
Attorney general: Sexual assault kits untested for decades KCCI Des Moines Vanessa Peng September 10, 2015
Great sexual assault evidence collection policies exist, but continue to be the exception to the rule MuckRock Vanessa Nason July 12, 2017
Despite growing backlogs, no national standard for sexual assault evidence collection MuckRock Vanessa Nason April 12, 2017
Public Hospitals in NYC Have Destroyed Over 800 Rape Kits Since 2012 Broadly Vanessa Nason November 13, 2017
There are finally federal guidelines for testing rape kits MuckRock Vanessa Nason August 11, 2017
San Jose’s rape kit backlog is over twice the official count MuckRock Vanessa Nason May 10, 2017
Biloxi wants to charge $5,000 for records on their rape kit backlog MuckRock Vanessa Nason May 31, 2017
Officials: No backlog for Salisbury, Wicomico rape kits Delmarva Now Vanessa Junkin July 23, 2015
New Jersey Legislature Assembly Bill 1084 New Jersey State Legislature Valerie Vainieri Huttle January 16, 2014
At least 175,000 rape kits are sitting in storage facilities around the country instead of being tested Daily Mail Valerie Siebert May 15, 2017
Ohio man sentenced to 110 years on rape charges Associated Press UticaOD April 1, 2015
400,000 rape kits sitting untested nationwide USA Today USA Today Online May 14, 2014
Schimel must act on untested rape kits Post-Crescent USA TODAY Network-Wisconsin Editorial Board April 14, 2017
Editorial: State makes right choice on rape kit tests Post-Crescent USA TODAY Network-Wisconsin Editorial Board October 7, 2016
State official: At least $1.7M needed to process untested rape kits Santa Fe New Maxican Uriel J. Garcia November 30, 2015
Auditor: Poor tracking, police doubts behind nation's worst rape kit backlog Santa Fe New Mexican Uriel J. Garcia December 7, 2016
Bill to fund processing rape evidence advances Farmington Daily Times Uriel J. Garcia January 25, 2016
State auditor: Policy problems, officers' decisions slow rape kit tests The Sante Fe New Mexican Uriel J. Garcia August 19, 2016
My Turn: Survivors of Sexual Assault Deserve Justice Concord Monitor U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen April 28, 2016
Bureau of Justice Assistance Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Bureau of Justice Assistance U.S. Department of Justice September 10, 2015
Activists Are Launching A National Effort To Stop Rape Kits From Going In The Trash BuzzFeed Tyler Kingkade March 23, 2017
Fayetteville PD Admits To Destroying Over 300 Sexual Assault Kits After Audit Time Warner Cable News TWC News September 21, 2015
Minnesota rape kits go untested KARE 11 Trisha Volpe and Steve Eckert July 20, 2015
Repeat sex offender arrested, charged with 2012 rape WNDU Tricia Harte August 11, 2015

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