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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
For Some Law Enforcement Agencies, Audit of Untested Rape Kits A Daunting Task Frontier Kassie McClung January 31, 2018
Audits of State’s Untested Rape Kits Unlikely to be Completed by Deadline The Frontier Kassie McClung December 28, 2017
Audit Counts More Than 6,500 Untested Rape Kits in Oklahoma Frontier Kassie McClung February 22, 2018
Survivors Unite to Lift the Veil on the Rape Kit Backlog RAINN October 28, 2014
Helping Hearts Helps Guam's Most Vulnerable Guam Daily Post September 4, 2017
First Charges from Wisconsin Rape Kits Testing Involve Fox Valley Case Post Crescent Keegan Kyle February 20, 2018
Wisconsin Rape Kits Testing Yields New Suspects in 11 Cases Post Crescent Keegan Kyle February 8, 2018
DNA Links Serial Rapist to 2003 Akron Attack, Authorities Say Akron Beacon Journal Stephanie Warsmith October 6, 2017
Where Are the Rape-Kit Nurses? The New York Times Brittany Bronson June 20, 2017
Texas Lawmaker Proposes Crowdfunding to Tackle Backlog of Rape Kits The New York Times Christine Hauser March 15, 2017
Federal Dollars Help Clear Untested Rape Kits News Long Island Andrea Sears October 6, 2017
Ohio Law Requires Officers to Submit Rape Kits Within 30 Days, but No Consequences If They Don't News5 Cleveland Amanda VanAllen February 28, 2018
New Research from CWRU Reveals Information Previously Known about Serial Rapists to be Wrong ABC5 Homa Bash March 20, 2018
Rape Kit Leads to Arrest in 2006 Case News4Jax Bethany Tucker November 2, 2017
New DNA Tests Prompt Arrest of Serial Rape Suspect News4Jax Corley Peel March 19, 2018
Jacksonville Man Found Guilty of 3 Counts of Sexual Battery News4Jax October 13, 2017
61 cases under investigation as rape kit test results return News 4 JAX Jim Piggott July 21, 2017
DNA Tests Lead to New Charges for 2 Convicted Jacksonville Rapists News4Jax Destiny McKeiver April 4, 2018
State Awards $2.7 Million for Sex Assault Kits in Las Vegas Nevada Appeal Geoff Dornan December 12, 2017
The Detroit Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Action Research Project (ARP), Final Report U.S. Department of Justice Dr. Rebecca Campbell March 1, 2015
The 2007 Survey of Law Enforcement Forensic Evidence Processing U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice Kevin J. Strom, et al. October 1, 2009
Five Things About Sexual Assault Kits U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice April 27, 2015
Making Sense of DNA Backlogs, 2012 - Myths vs. Reality National Institute of Justice Mark Nelson, Ruby Chase, and Lindsay DePalma January 1, 2014
The Road Ahead: Unanalyzed Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases National Institute of Justice Nancy Ritter April 30, 2011
Analysis of Untested Sexual Assault Kits in New Orleans National Institute of Justice Mark Nelson May 1, 2013


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