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 ascending Source Author(s) Post Date
Why every unsolved rape case is another waiting to happen Daily Life Clementine Ford September 8, 2015
Why don’t local police departments pay for rape kit testing? The Texas Tribune Alex Samuels June 23, 2017
Why Do Rape Cases Have Statute of Limitations, And What Does That Mean For Victims? Bustle Lauren Holter August 14, 2015
Why did rape kits sit for so long untested? Marietta Times December 11, 2014
Why did it take 9 hours and 3 emergency rooms for this woman to get a rape kit? Cosmopolitan Jillian Keenan August 23, 2016
Why Are These Rapes Still Unsolved? The Daily Beast Linda Fairstein September 27, 2010
Why are there 137 rape kits untested in El Cajon East County Magazine Miriam Raftery June 25, 2015
Why an Ohio Supreme Court case involving rape kits is drawing national attention Rachel Dissell February 1, 2016
Why 5,396 Sexual Assault Kits Went Untested in Indiana Indy Star Marisa Kwiatkowski December 1, 2017
Why 4,700 Rape Kits In Oregon Have Yet To Be Tested OPB FM Amelia Templeton September 13, 2015
Who’s Testing APD’s Backlog of Evidence? The Austin Chronicle Sarah Marloff February 24, 2017
Who's to Blame for Untested Rape Kits in St. Joseph County? South Bend Tribune Ted Booker December 8, 2017
White House, NYC prosecutor pledge $79M to test rape kits Mashable Associated Press September 10, 2015
White House, NYC announce $79M to clear rape kit backlog The Hill Jordan Fabian September 10, 2015
White House, Manhattan DA Pledge $79M To Clear Rape Kit Backlog CBS New York September 10, 2015
White House Gives Millions To Clear Rape Kit Backlog, Up To 70,000 Forgotten Kits Will Now Be Tested Inquistr Nathan Francis September 10, 2015
While some rape kits sat untested, suspects committed more assaults Chron Katherine Driessen February 23, 2015
Where's the outrage over abandoned rape kits? Detroit Free Press Rochelle Riley June 6, 2015
Where Are the Rape-Kit Nurses? The New York Times Brittany Bronson June 20, 2017
When will the New Orleans Police Department make solving rapes a priority?: Editorial The Picayune Times The Editorial Board December 20, 2014
When Time Is of the Essence: A Review of Collection, Transport, Handling and Analysis of Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kits and Toxicology Kits in Massachusetts Massachusetts Senate The Massachusetts Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversight October 22, 2013
When is a kit not a kit? Best of New Orleans Alex Woodward December 29, 2014
When Evidence Goes Untested, Sex Offenders Go Undetected, Advocates Say Columbia Missourian Anna Brett October 29, 2017
When Detectives Dismiss Rape Reports Before Investigating Them Buzzfeed Alex Campbell and Katie J.M. Baker September 8, 2016
What's the status of Dallas' rape kit backlog? These charts explain Dallas Morning News Sarah Mervosh June 25, 2015


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