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
Two Sides Head to Mediation after Woman Sues Eastern Montana Hospital for Not Giving Her A Rape Kit KPVI Phoebe Tollefson January 10, 2018
Rape Survivor Encourages Law Enforcement to Comply with Deadline from Governor NBC2 Mycah Hatfield January 19, 2018
Idaho Leading the Nation in Rape Tracking Kits ABC6 ABC6 Staff January 22, 2018
Bill Targeting Rape Kit Payments Headed to Idaho Senate KIVITV Marissa Morrison February 21, 2018
Rape Kit Backlog Delays Justice in Tumwater K5 News April 26, 2018
Marion Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Teen; Rape Kit Wasn't Tested for Five Years Journal Sentinel Alison Dirr and Keegan Kyle April 25, 2018
Getting Away With It Inlander Mitch Ryals August 10, 2017
Why 5,396 Sexual Assault Kits Went Untested in Indiana Indy Star Marisa Kwiatkowski December 1, 2017
Police Refuse to Test 4-Year-Old's Sexual Assault Kit Indy Star Marisa Kwiatkowski October 12, 2017
Idaho Has Come A Long Way in Dealing with Sexual Assault Idaho Press Tribune Rep. Melissa Winthrow & Police Chief Craig Kingsbury October 13, 2017
The Rape Kit Backlog Shows Exactly How We Regard Women In This Country Huffington Post Alanna Vagianos April 13, 2018
Abbott: Let's Get Tougher on Sex Crimes Houston Chronicle Greg Abbott February 10, 2018
Governor Cuomo Proposes New Legislation to Extend Storage Timeline for Forensic Sexual Offense Evidence Collection Kits at Hospitals New York State Office of Governor Cuomo January 23, 2018
We Should Be More Outraged about Rape in Detroit Detroit Free Press Nancy Kaffer January 6, 2018
Kaffer: 8 Years into Tests of Abandoned Rape Kits, Worthy Works for Justice Detroit Free Press Nancy Kaffer December 17, 2017
Lewis Young pushes for tracking system in sexual assault cases The Frederick News-Post Danielle E. Gaines and Jeremy Arias February 21, 2017
MPD to Start Using Online System to Better Track Rape Kits Fox13 Memphis Jim Spiewak May 3, 2018
Rape Kits in America: From Swabs to Serial Killers in ViCAP Forensic Magazine Seth Augenstein January 4, 2018
Rape Kits in America: Devil's in the Forensic Details in Ohio Study Forensic Magazine Seth Augenstein January 2, 2018
Rape Kits in America: Battling the Backlog-on-Backlog in SAKI Forensic Magazine Seth Augenstein January 3, 2018
Lawmakers Want To Start Crowdfunding Rape Kit Tests Forbes Janet Burns March 22, 2017
Statement Before the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Federal Bureau of Investigation Amy S. Hess June 18, 2015
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


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