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
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
2013 assault tied to Kenosha man Kenosha News Janine Anderson January 13, 2016
21 years after her rape, survivor faces attacker in court 10 TV Glenn Mcentyre September 23, 2016
24 Years Later, DNA Leads to Arrest in Manhattan Attack on a Girl The New York Times James C. McKinley, Jr. May 4, 2017
26 years later, man convicted in girl's rape Albuquerque Journal Scott Sandlin June 3, 2015
26% of Alaska’s 3,800 Backlogged Rape Kits to Be Processed with $1-Million Federal Grant AllGov Julie St. Louis October 9, 2016
3 Investigates: Destruction of rape kits under review following Channel 3 investigation WRCBTV Beth Burger June 1, 2015
3 INVESTIGATES: More than 250 sexual assault kits never sent to crime lab WRCBTV Beth Burger, Dan Kennedy May 18, 2015
3,400 and counting: Untested rape kits discovered in statewide audit The Northern Light Victoria Petersen September 12, 2016
3,600 backlogged rape kits tested in Florida Angela Jacobs July 25, 2017
30 years after assault, Michelle Bowdler discovered her rapists' DNA was never tested MassLive Melissa Hanson July 11, 2017
33 Years Later, Woman's Attackers Brought to Justice 9News Anastasiya Bolton October 24, 2017
350 local rape victims wait longer for answers WFTV 9 February 17, 2017
4,000 Sexual Assault Kits Remain Untested in ABQ Crime Lab KOAT7 Chris Guardaro April 8, 2018
40-year-old Baton Rouge man arrested in rape of 11-year-old girl The Advocate Advocate Staff Report April 23, 2015
400,000 Rape Cases Have Not Been Solved, Because The Evidence Is Collecting Dust On The Shelves MTV Claire Biggs March 17, 2015
400,000 rape kits sitting untested nationwide USA Today USA Today Online May 14, 2014
400,000 untested rape kits nationwide; Strict rape kit procedure leaves little room for error in Western Mass sexual assault cases WWLP 22 Georgie Godfrey February 26, 2014
400,000 untested rape kits- nonprofits take the issue on NonProfit Quarterly Ruth McCambridge May 1, 2013
45 Indictments Returned In Backlog Rape Kit Testing FOX13 Matt Gerien December 16, 2014
5 things to know Monday W*USA March 16, 2015
5 Ways to Help End Rape in Alaska CNN John Sutter February 4, 2014


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