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 Sourcesort ascending Author(s) Post Date
Justice Is Rare For Rape Victims; One Survivor Is Fighting To Change That DNAinfo Erica Demarest October 7, 2016
Aldermen Decry Backlog in Thousands of Untested Rape Kits DNAinfo Ted Cox July 27, 2015
Colorado eliminates backlog of rape test kits, identifies suspects in hundreds of old cases The Denver Post Noelle Phillips July 16, 2016
Man jailed on new rape charge after statute of limitations expired on old case says he's a 'fall guy' The Dallas Morning News Tasha Tsiaperas August 11, 2017
Hundreds of rape kits gather mold in storage at Austin Police Department Dallas News Abigail Shaw June 28, 2017
Serial Rape Suspect Gets 40 Years in Prison After Backlogged Rape Kits Tested dallasnews.com Tasha Tsiaperas September 1, 2017
When Evidence Goes Untested, Sex Offenders Go Undetected, Advocates Say Columbia Missourian Anna Brett October 29, 2017
Missouri Attorney General Announces Audit of Unprocessed Sexual Assault Evidence Kits Missourian Paige Cox November 9, 2017
First Step in Sexual Assault Kit Audit: 'Getting Actual Numbers,' Hawley Says Missourian Anna Brett November 12, 2017
13,000 Rape Kits Tested as Part of Special Initiative Circleville Herald October 5, 2017
Activists Are Launching A National Effort To Stop Rape Kits From Going In The Trash BuzzFeed Tyler Kingkade March 23, 2017
After A College Student Killed Herself Following Her Alleged Rape, A Congressman Wants To Change The Law BuzzFeed News Katie J.M. Baker July 27, 2017
When Detectives Dismiss Rape Reports Before Investigating Them Buzzfeed Alex Campbell and Katie J.M. Baker September 8, 2016
Maryland Lawmakers Say Its Rape Laws Need To Change Buzzfeed Alex Campbell and Katie J. M. Baker February 13, 2017
Baltimore County Police Say Detectives Will Now Interview Every Rape Victim Buzzfeed Alex Campbell and Katie J.M. Baker October 20, 2016
Four Ways The Law Lets Rapists Get Away With Rape Bustle Joseph D. Lyons July 5, 2017
Prosecutor backs expanded DNA testing Boston Globe Evan Allen September 17, 2015
Amid US backlogs, Mass. keeps up with rape kit testing Boston Globe Catherine Cloutier and Todd Wallack September 10, 2015
After night of terror, years of anguish, she finds meaning The Boston Globe Yvonne Abraham March 22, 2015
Bureau of Justice Assistance Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Bureau of Justice Assistance U.S. Department of Justice September 10, 2015
The Implosion of Austin’s Crime Lab: A Timeline Austin Monitor Cate Malek and Luis Pedraza September 18, 2017
Despite Austin’s Crime Lab Meltdown, Texas Is Working to Clear Its DNA Backlog Austin Monitor Cate Malek and Luis Pedraza September 20, 2017
Signs of Optimism at Troubled Crime Lab Austin Chronicle Sarah Marloff September 15, 2017
APD Knew About Moldy Rape Kits Back in April The Austin Chronicle Sarah Marloff July 7, 2017
“A Victim-Centered Process” for Solving Sex Crimes The Austin Chronicle Sarah Marloff June 2, 2017

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