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
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
What's In A Rape Kit? Yahoo Healthy Refinery29 March 28, 2015
What's Causing The Months-Long Delay of DNA Tests? Post-Crescent Keegan Kyle September 5, 2017
What's Being Done To Address The Country's Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits NPR NPR Staff January 17, 2016
What Testing 5,000 Backlogged Rape Kits Just Told Us About Rapists Refinery 29 Hayley MacMillen June 7, 2016
What other places starting to test rape kits can learn from Ohio Rachel Dissell September 10, 2015
What Is A Rape Kit? TestTube Julia Wilde January 16, 2015
What is a rape kit and how is it collected? A close look at one of the most difficult tests you hope to never have to take MassLive Melissa Hanson July 11, 2017
What Happens to Rape Victims? The Austin Chronicle Kathryn Lundstrom December 2, 2016
What happened to Detroit's untested rape kits? Detroit Free Press Kristen Jordan Shamus April 2, 2017
What comes next: SAPD's rape kit backlog completed KENS 5 Bailey McGowan July 17, 2015
What caused Kentucky's rape kit backlog? WLKY January 19, 2017
What $1 million in federal funding means for NOPD's rape kit backlog Gambit Alex Woodward September 11, 2015
West Virginia tracks sexual assault evidence GCN Matt Leonard May 18, 2017
West Virginia receives $1 million for sexual assault kit testing The Register-Herald Wendy Holdren September 27, 2016
West Virginia man convicted in East Pennsboro Twp. rape-at-gunpoint case Penn Live Steve Marroni December 20, 2015


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