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
Rape Kit Testing Leading to Indictments in Memphis Memphis Daily News The Associated Press January 22, 2015
Daily Digest: Council Approves More Rape Kit Testing Funds Memphis Daily News Bill Dries December 18, 2014
Rape Kit Backlog Prompts Court Fight on Two Fronts The Daily News- Memphis Bill Dries August 26, 2014
Serial Rapists Don't Necessarily Have an MO Marion Star Sarah Volpenhein February 19, 2018
Louisiana Senate Bill 296 Louisiana State Legislature Senator J.P. Morrell February 27, 2014
New Utah Crime Lab Tackles Rape Kit Testing with Robotics Laboratory Equipment Laura French September 11, 2017
State Mandated Review of Juneau’s Untested Sexual Assault Kits Is Underway KTOO Matt Miller December 15, 2017
Two Sides Head to Mediation after Woman Sues Eastern Montana Hospital for Not Giving Her A Rape Kit KPVI Phoebe Tollefson January 10, 2018
Rape Survivor Encourages Law Enforcement to Comply with Deadline from Governor NBC2 Mycah Hatfield January 19, 2018
Idaho Leading the Nation in Rape Tracking Kits ABC6 ABC6 Staff January 22, 2018
Bill Targeting Rape Kit Payments Headed to Idaho Senate KIVITV Marissa Morrison February 21, 2018
Getting Away With It Inlander Mitch Ryals August 10, 2017
Why 5,396 Sexual Assault Kits Went Untested in Indiana Indy Star Marisa Kwiatkowski December 1, 2017
Police Refuse to Test 4-Year-Old's Sexual Assault Kit Indy Star Marisa Kwiatkowski October 12, 2017
Idaho Has Come A Long Way in Dealing with Sexual Assault Idaho Press Tribune Rep. Melissa Winthrow & Police Chief Craig Kingsbury October 13, 2017
Abbott: Let's Get Tougher on Sex Crimes Houston Chronicle Greg Abbott February 10, 2018
Governor Cuomo Proposes New Legislation to Extend Storage Timeline for Forensic Sexual Offense Evidence Collection Kits at Hospitals New York State Office of Governor Cuomo January 23, 2018
We Should Be More Outraged about Rape in Detroit Detroit Free Press Nancy Kaffer January 6, 2018
Kaffer: 8 Years into Tests of Abandoned Rape Kits, Worthy Works for Justice Detroit Free Press Nancy Kaffer December 17, 2017
Lewis Young pushes for tracking system in sexual assault cases The Frederick News-Post Danielle E. Gaines and Jeremy Arias February 21, 2017
Rape Kits in America: From Swabs to Serial Killers in ViCAP Forensic Magazine Seth Augenstein January 4, 2018
Rape Kits in America: Devil's in the Forensic Details in Ohio Study Forensic Magazine Seth Augenstein January 2, 2018
Rape Kits in America: Battling the Backlog-on-Backlog in SAKI Forensic Magazine Seth Augenstein January 3, 2018
Lawmakers Want To Start Crowdfunding Rape Kit Tests Forbes Janet Burns March 22, 2017
Statement Before the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Federal Bureau of Investigation Amy S. Hess June 18, 2015


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