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
Too Many Rapes Dismissed East Bay Express Scott Morris January 16, 2018
Man Convicted in 1998 Park Slope Subway Station Cold Case Rape, DA Says DNAinfo Ben Fractenberg May 16, 2017
Brothers Accused In 9-Year Rape Spree Charged Again DNAInfo Joe Ward October 14, 2016
Justice Is Rare For Rape Victims; One Survivor Is Fighting To Change That DNAinfo Erica Demarest October 7, 2016
Aldermen Decry Backlog in Thousands of Untested Rape Kits DNAinfo Ted Cox July 27, 2015
Last of Detroit Rape Kits Recovered in ’09 to be Tested Detroit News Orlandar Brand-Williams March 15, 2018
Bill Calls for All Sexual Assault Kits for Adult Victims to be Tested in Utah Deseret News Preston Cathcart January 25, 2018
Colorado eliminates backlog of rape test kits, identifies suspects in hundreds of old cases The Denver Post Noelle Phillips July 16, 2016
Governor Cuomo Wants Hospitals to Preserve Rape Kits Longer Democrat & Chronicle Natasha Vaughn January 25, 2018
Texas Drivers Have Donated $25K This Month Alone to Help Clear Rape Kit Testing Backlog Dallas News Sarah Sarder January 25, 2018
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
Hundreds of rape kits gather mold in storage at Austin Police Department Dallas News Abigail Shaw June 28, 2017
Serial Rape Suspect Gets 40 Years in Prison After Backlogged Rape Kits Tested Tasha Tsiaperas September 1, 2017
Detroit's Rape Kit Backlog Identified More Than 800 Serial Rapists Daily Dot Samantha Grasso December 19, 2017
San Diego Struggles With 558 Untested Rape Kits Courthouse News Bianca Bruno January 10, 2018
When Evidence Goes Untested, Sex Offenders Go Undetected, Advocates Say Columbia Missourian Anna Brett October 29, 2017
Tracking System Would Improve Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Monitoring Missourian Kaitlin Washburn February 12, 2018
Sexual Assault Care Inconsistent Throughout State, So Nurse Examiners Lead The Way Missourian Anna Brett February 2, 2018
Missouri Attorney General Announces Audit of Unprocessed Sexual Assault Evidence Kits Missourian Paige Cox November 9, 2017
First Step in Sexual Assault Kit Audit: 'Getting Actual Numbers,' Hawley Says Missourian Anna Brett November 12, 2017
FDLE Tackles A Statewide Backlog of Untested Sexual Assault Kits Click Orlando Adrianna Iwasinski February 8, 2018
North Carolina Unsure How Many Rape Kits Are Left Untested Citizen Times Sam DeGrave February 17, 2018
Research from AG’s Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative Helps Highlight Best Practices in Rape Kit Forensic Testing Circleville Herald Jennifer Bahney December 20, 2017
13,000 Rape Kits Tested as Part of Special Initiative Circleville Herald October 5, 2017
Activists Are Launching A National Effort To Stop Rape Kits From Going In The Trash BuzzFeed Tyler Kingkade March 23, 2017


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