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
Hawaii's sexual assault survivors can now track the progress of their rape kits online KITV Brenton Awa June 24, 2017
New website designed to support sex assault victims, keep tabs on kit testing KHON 2 June 23, 2017
Man sentenced to 100 years in 1985 Charlotte rape WCNC June 23, 2017
Why don’t local police departments pay for rape kit testing? The Texas Tribune Alex Samuels June 23, 2017
Justice for victims The Register-Guard The Register-Guard Editorial Board June 23, 2017
Where Are the Rape-Kit Nurses? The New York Times Brittany Bronson June 20, 2017
Portland police had suspect name, sex assault kit in 2011, but it took 5 years to test evidence OregonLive Maxine Bernstein June 19, 2017
Oregon making progress on backlogged rape kits KTVZ Lauren Melink June 19, 2017
Virginia deserves applause for its work to eliminate a rape kit backlog The Washington Post The Washington Post Editorial Board June 19, 2017
Editorial: At last, Virginia addresses backlog of untested rape kits The Virginian-Pilot The Virginian-Pilot Editorial Board June 19, 2017
How are rape kits processed? Statesman Journal Lauren E Hernandez June 18, 2017
Number of untested rape kits in Oregon has quadrupled in the last two years Statesman Journal Lauren E Hernandez June 17, 2017
Processing rape kits saves heartache and money, Cuyahoga prosecutors tell congressional task force cleveland.com Sabrina Eaton June 17, 2017
Port Huron man gets 15-30 years for 2010 Detroit rape The Detroit News Oralandar Brand-Williams June 16, 2017
Mariska Hargitay Fights To End U.S. Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits CBS SF Bay Area Melissa Caen June 16, 2017
Law and Order' Star Testifies About Rape Kits, Sexual Violence to Congress NBC New York June 16, 2017
Cause Celeb: Mariska Hargitay seeks more sexual-assault nurses and an end to rape kit backlogs The Washington Post Sarah Polus June 16, 2017
DNA from thousands of Cuyahoga County felony arrests never taken, not in CODIS crime-solving database cleveland.com Rachel Dissell June 16, 2017
New law strengthens domestic, sexual violence response system Williston Oberver June 15, 2017
New Texas Law Enables Comprehensive Rape Kit Reform Public News Service Mark Richardson June 15, 2017
Old Rape Kits Lead to Justice for LGBTQ Victims Pride Source BTL Staff June 15, 2017
Recently Tested Rape Kits Match Known Criminals U.S. News & World Report AP June 14, 2017
Rape survivor and advocate 'heartbroken' after police take 6 years to arrest rape suspect KATU News Joe Douglass June 13, 2017
Woman's Sex Assault Kit Not Tested Until 5 Years After Rape U.S. News & World Report AP June 13, 2017
You’ve got a modern crime lab, Utah. Now make sure it’s completely funded. Standard-Examiner Standard-Examiner Editorial Board June 13, 2017

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