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 descending Author(s) Post Date
$41 million to help reduce rape kit backlog SF Gate Henry K. Lee August 12, 2014
To Unclog the Backlog, Craig Watkins Joins In Fight Against Rape Kit Insanity With SANE Dallas Observer Andrea Grimes November 1, 2010
Houston's Rape-Kit Backlog Got 850 Matches in FBI DNA Database Houston Press William Darnell February 24, 2015
Arizona Lawmakers Want Statewide Reporting on Untested Sexual Assault Kits Phoenix New Times Matthew Hendley February 10, 2015
How a Bungled Police Investigation Led to a Possible Rape Victim's Shaming Daily RFT Andy Kopsa July 8, 2015
Manhattan District Attorney Tackles Cybercrime, Fights Rape Kit Backlog Wall Street Journal Samuel Rubenfeld April 20, 2015
#ENDTHEBACKLOG: Michigan Task Force Receives $3M to Fund Rape Investigations and Prosecutions Blue Nation Review Goldie Taylor May 20, 2015
Georgia Authorities Uncover Thousands of Untested Rape Kits #ENDTHEBACKLOG Blue Nation Review Goldie Taylor May 13, 2015
Gov. Scott Walker: What Are You Doing To Clear Rape Kit Backlog? Blue Nation Review Jimmy Williams July 29, 2015
Here's What's Being Done About the 400,000 Untested Rape Kits Blue Nation Review Jill Bond March 17, 2015
States with the worst rape kit backlogs Boing Boing Andrea James July 28, 2015
Idaho Lawmaker Raises Awareness About Rape Kit Legislation And Sexual Assault Boise State Public Radio Frankie Barnhill June 30, 2017
Idaho Releases First Report On Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System Boise State Public Radio Frankie Barnhill January 23, 2018
Audit finds 'unprecedented' backlog of rape kit testing Boston Herald Matt Stout October 22, 2013
Backlog of 3,482 untested rape kits in Minnesota is revealed Bring Me The News Melissa Turtinen November 12, 2015
New Georgia law making a dent in the number of untested rape kits The Brookhaven Post Trey Benton December 5, 2016
CA ‘Rape Kit’ Backlog under Fire Capitol Weekly Jessica Hice April 11, 2018
New Website Will Help Decrease Iowa Rape Kit Backlog CBS2 Iowa Eva Andersen April 6, 2018
Police arrest suspect in connection with alleged sexual assault of 73-year-old Bloomington woman CBS 4 Indy Kylee Wierks July 6, 2015
CBS4 Investigation Finds Indiana’s Approach to Sexual Assault Inconsistent, Especially for Rape Kits CBS4 Indy Jill Glavan April 26, 2018
Regional crime lab moves closer to reality Centennial Colorado Jessica Gibbs October 17, 2016
State Police Vow To Eliminate Rape Kit Backlog CBS Chicago February 17, 2011
Dozens of rape kits found sitting in Robbins police department CBS2 Chicago Ron Johnson, Brad Edwards February 18, 2013
Chicago Man Sentenced To 40 years After DNA Found In Untested Rape Kit CBS Chicago Sun-Times Media Wire July 24, 2014
Legislation Would Change Statute Of Limitations In Rape Cases CBS Chicago Dana Kozlov May 11, 2015


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