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
'Cold Case Rape Kit Testing' Puts Serial Rapist Behind Bars NBC DFW Courtney Gilmore March 13, 2017
Senator says his heart is in bills to help sexual assault survivors MetroNews Brad McElhinny March 12, 2017
Testing every Utah rape kit is progress. But it needs to be fully funded Standard-Examiner Standard-Examiner Editorial Board March 12, 2017
Bill to fund testing of all rape kits lands on Gov. Herbert's desk KUTV Lisa Nico March 11, 2017
Comedy fundraiser for serious subject: Eliminating rape kit backlog WUSA Debra Alfarone March 10, 2017
Sioux City Police submitting 29 rape kits in aftermath of statewide audit Sioux City Journal Ian Richardson March 10, 2017
Utah lawmakers call for mandatory rape-kit testing, victim confidentiality on college campuses The Salt Lake Tribune Jessica Miller and Alex Stuckey March 9, 2017
Man pleads guilty to 1999 rape Fox 13 Memphis Kristin Leigh March 9, 2017
Iowa needs stronger rules for evidence of possible sexual assault The Gazette Staff Editorial March 9, 2017
Our View: Survey of sexual assault kits a worthy endeavor The Daily Nonpareil March 9, 2017
Accused rapist in Moore County could go free The Fayetteville Observer Greg Barnes March 9, 2017
More rape cases reported so far this year compared to this time last year FOX 13 Memphis Greg Coy March 9, 2017
‘This is a victory for everyone’: Utah lawmakers pass $1.2 million bill mandating testing of all rape kits The Salt Lake Tribune Jessica Miller March 8, 2017
Imprisoned nearly 25 years for rape, Indiana man freed after tests show DNA not his Chicago Tribune Associated Press March 8, 2017
Proposed law would allow for victims to track status of rape kit testing Las Vegas Review-Journal Ben Botkin March 8, 2017
Davenport PD has 463 untested rape kits KWQC David Nelson March 8, 2017
Rape Kit Testing Bill Passes Unanimously Good 4 Utah Glen Beeby March 7, 2017
Utah moves for greater scrutiny, testing of sexual assault kits Deseret News Ryan Morgan March 7, 2017
I9 investigation follow up; audit finds state doesn't know ages of 312 rape kits KCRG Josh Scheinblum March 7, 2017
Iowa making plans for 4,200 untested rape kits The Gazette Rod Boshart March 7, 2017
Oklahoma Senate advances bill to audit untested DNA kits NewsOK Dale Denwalt March 7, 2017
I9 investigation finds there are 4,265 untested rape kits in Iowa, oldest dates back to 1992 KCRG Josh Scheinblum March 6, 2017
Assault survivors have waited too long Albuquerque Journal Jayann Sepich and Ilse Knecht March 4, 2017
Most police, prosecutors miss NY rape kit deadline LoHud Jon Campbell March 3, 2017
Man charged nearly 20 years after St. Paul attack KARE Cory Hepola March 3, 2017


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