The Backlog

Media 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 Source Author(s) Post Datesort ascending
Editorial: Grant survivors proper care Central Michigan Life Editorial Board April 28, 2015
Letter: ELPD botched my sexual assault case The State News Lauren Opeka April 28, 2015
Demand For DNA Sample Starts Another Fight in Lapoint Case CTNow Edmund H. Mahony, David Owens April 28, 2015
Student reports rape inside of Cleveland high school Cory Shaffer April 27, 2015
Justice Department Releases New Resource about Sexual Assault Kits PR Newswire April 27, 2015
Five Things About Sexual Assault Kits U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice April 27, 2015
Lisa Madigan: Illinois campuses must respond better to 'frighteningly high' rape numbers Beth Hundsdorfer and George Pawlaczyk April 27, 2015
East Tech High School basketball player, student accused of rape inside school Cory Shaffer April 27, 2015
Rape Trial begins The Daily Advocate Christina Chalmers April 27, 2015
President's Commission on the Status of Women holds Women's Research Colloquium Long Beach Union Madison Gallegos April 27, 2015
Arizona legislature fails to pass law to require police to tally untested rape kit evidence ABC 15 Arizona Dave Biscobing, Lauren Gilger April 27, 2015
No charges yet in state rape kit testing Toledo Blade Blade Staff April 26, 2015
Michelle Busuito: Pro bono Award Crain's Detroit Business Bill Shea April 26, 2015
New Law Leads To Arrest in 2007 Sex Assault Case KKTVQ 11 News April 24, 2015
Cleveland man pleads not guilty to more than a dozen charges connected to several rapes Ida Lieszkovasky April 24, 2015
Cranston Man Sentenced to Serve 25 Years for Rape Mark Schieldrop April 24, 2015
Rape kit testing leads to early morning arrest of suspected serial rapist known as "Apples" Rachel Dissell April 23, 2015
40-year-old Baton Rouge man arrested in rape of 11-year-old girl The Advocate Advocate Staff Report April 23, 2015
Backlog leads to 18-month-wait for rape kit results, Durham police acknowledge IndyWeek John H. Tucker April 23, 2015
Man indicted for rapes on CLE's east side WKYC April 23, 2015
Cranston Man Sentenced for 2012 Sexual Assault in Providence April 23, 2015
Solicitor: Seneca man sentenced in 2013 sexual assault FOX Carolina Heather Carpenter April 22, 2015
Mobile police nab suspect 20 years after rape, aim to retest 1,700 rape kits with new technology Theresa Seiger April 22, 2015
As 'Missoula' Shines Spotlight on Campus Rape, Women Share How Their Allegations Changed Them Forever ABC News Juju Chang, Nick Capote, Ashley Louszko and Lauren Efron April 22, 2015
New state rape kit test mandate could reduce unsolved cases WWMT April 21, 2015


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