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 ascending Author(s) Post Date
S.F. Police Chief Suhr makes right decision on rape-kit backlog SF Chronicle June 10, 2015
Rape kit testing should not depend on charity San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board July 15, 2017
Editorial: Best and Worst of Sacramento’s End-of-Session Crunch San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board September 15, 2017
Editorial: 6 Bills Gov. Jerry Brown Must Sign San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board September 24, 2017
All of San Francisco's rape victims deserve to have their kits tested San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle June 7, 2015
Rape kit testing rules move forward in Legislature San Francisco Chronicle Emma Fidel, Associated Press May 26, 2014
Let's Talk About It: 'Hundreds of thousands' of rape kits are sitting on shelves Ionia Sentinel-Standard January 9, 2017
More local rape kits submitted for testing Sentinel Tribune Peter Kuebeck March 12, 2015
If State Government Shuts Down, Some Legislation That Passed Could Be Scrapped Seattle Weekly Sara Bernard June 26, 2017
How One Seattle Woman’s Assault Led to Proposed Legislation Nationwide Seattle Weekly Sara Bernard July 18, 2017
With new money, state chips away at daunting backlog of rape evidence — but can’t keep up Seattle Times Sara Jean Green December 15, 2016
DNA sample charged with rape, in lieu of a suspect The Seattle Times Sara Jean Green November 20, 2015
Improve 'rape kit' system, but ensure accountability of those of those monitoring it Seattle Times Editorial Board February 3, 2016
Atlanta hospital billed rape victims for exams The Seattle Times Willoughby Mariano August 6, 2015
Auditor says report to be released on untested rape kits SeattlePI September 19, 2015
A Disturbing Trend: Evidence in Rape Cases Often Goes Untested The Seattle Times Elaine Porterfield July 19, 2016
Police address untested rape kits SC Times December 8, 2015
Testing of rape kit varies by agency SC Times David Unze July 16, 2015
State Auditor helps complete count of 'rape kit' backlog Silver City Sun-News December 20, 2015
New report says 63 percent of Greenville sexual assault kits remain untested SC Now Anna Lee July 17, 2015
San Bernardino man linked to 2 rapes by DNA evidence, sheriff’s officials say San Bernardino Sun Doug Saunders January 24, 2017
Hitzeman: Common sense prevails with 'rape kit' law Sauk Valley Christi Warren August 30, 2015
Sterling, Lee County law enforcement have few untested rape kits Sauk Valley Christi Warren August 31, 2015
Reader View: Testing of rape kits should be a state priority Santa Fe New Mexican Shelley Waxman August 27, 2016
State official: At least $1.7M needed to process untested rape kits Santa Fe New Maxican Uriel J. Garcia November 30, 2015


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