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 Source Author(s) Post Datesort ascending
Sexual Assault Cases Go Under Microscope in New Mexico Santa Fe New Mexican Susan Montoya Bryan September 1, 2017
Serial Rape Suspect Gets 40 Years in Prison After Backlogged Rape Kits Tested Tasha Tsiaperas September 1, 2017
Austin Police Partner with UNT Health Science Center Daily Texan Gabby Lanza August 31, 2017
Rape Kit Backlog Must Be Cleared News Tribune Editorial Board August 31, 2017
Woman believes her missing rape kit will solve 33-year-old rape case Vernon Freeman Jr. and Melissa Hipolit August 29, 2017
McDermed gives sex assault victims more state assistance Will County Gazette Caitlin Nordahl August 29, 2017
Hospitals Are Charging Sexual Assault Survivors With Exorbitant Hospital Fees Teen Vogue Marissa Miller August 29, 2017
Jane Doe reporting is an alternative for rape victims Carroll County Times Catalina Righter August 26, 2017
Alaska officials draft plan to test shelved sex assault kits Miami Herald Associated Press August 25, 2017
For years, potential rape evidence went untested. What the state did to fix that The Olympian Holly Newman Dzyban August 25, 2017
Funding OK’d for rape kit testing program in Nevada Nevada Appeal Geoff Dornan August 24, 2017
Nearly a year later, no testing done on sex assault kits Juneau Empire James Brooks August 24, 2017
Man sentenced for 2014 rape of Davis County girl after DNA links him to crime Standard-Examiner Nadia Pflaum August 21, 2017
Toledo man sentenced to 43 years in prison in 1998 case The Blade Jennifer Feehan August 21, 2017
170 rape kits, no investigations until Cook County stepped in to seek justice Chicago Tribune Katharine Rosenberg-Douglas August 21, 2017
Suspect identified, sought in 1990 cold case rape The Fayetteville Observer Nancy McCleary August 18, 2017
Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits On The Agenda When Lawmakers Return To State Capitol Capital Public Radio Ben Bradford August 17, 2017
Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits On The Agenda When Lawmakers Return To State Capitol Capital Public Radio Ben Bradford August 17, 2017
Father third in family to be charged with rape Battle Creek Enquirer Trace Christenson August 15, 2017
Greeley man pleads guilty to kidnapping in connection with 1984 rape case Greeley Tribune Tommy Simmons August 14, 2017
PSA Reminds Sexual Assault Survivors They are not Alone Big Island Now Big Island Now Staff August 13, 2017
Ohio Rape Kit Survey Project underway, volunteers surveying police across Ohio: Progress Report Rachel Dissell August 13, 2017
Man jailed on new rape charge after statute of limitations expired on old case says he's a 'fall guy' The Dallas Morning News Tasha Tsiaperas August 11, 2017
There are finally federal guidelines for testing rape kits MuckRock Vanessa Nason August 11, 2017
California must show rape victims that they count; AB41 can help: Guest commentary Los Angeles Daily News Helena Lazaro August 10, 2017


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