The Backlog

Media 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
AG: Ohio has tested 7,000 rape kits, found 2,500+ DNA matches Associated Press WLWT April 9, 2015
More than 1 in 3 old DNA rape kits "hit" in state database Columbus Dispatch Alan Johnson April 9, 2015
Washington state bill addresses rape kit backlog KHQ 06 Cynthia Johnson April 8, 2015
Federal report hammers DPD on rape kit investigations Detroit Free Press Kathleen Gray April 8, 2015
Report: Staffing, attitudes aided rape-kit backlog, but Detroit's fix could be national model US News Associated Press April 7, 2015
Detroit Solves Problem of Untested Rape Kits, MSU Report Finds MSU Today Andy Henion, Rebecca Campbell April 7, 2015
Sexual assault awareness in forefront for April Tallahassee Democrat Meg Baldwin April 7, 2015
Vogt, Lewis Young see success as bills pass in Annapolis Frederick News Post Bethany Rodgers April 7, 2015
Report: Law enforcement 'cut corners' with untested Detroit rape kits Click On Detroit Guy Gordon April 7, 2015
Efforts over untested Detroit rape kits sparks change The Detroit News Alisha Green April 7, 2015
Study: Detroit Multidisciplinary Teams Creates Protocols for Responding to Untested Sexual Assault Kits PR Newswire April 7, 2015
Justice at Last: DNA evidence links convicted NC man to 1996 sexual assault WECT 6 WECT Staff April 7, 2015
Man faces up to 144 years in prison for 1997 sexual assault case Denver Post Anthony Cotton April 7, 2015
Lawmakers propose funding bump to speed up rape kit testing Alex LeFriec April 7, 2015
Report: Detroit model in effort to clear rape-kit backlog UT San Diego Alisha Green April 7, 2015
11,000 untested rape kits: Detroit police 'cut corner,' blamed victims, report says Gus Burns April 7, 2015
Detroit rape kit testing model could help other cities Michigan Radio Rebecca Kruth April 7, 2015
Survey Focuses On Sexual Assaults on MSU Campus WLNS April 6, 2015
Psychologists honor MSU professor for sex assault research Washington Times Associated Press April 6, 2015
More than a dozen women join untested rape kits lawsuit WMC Action News 5 Kontji Anthony April 6, 2015
Rape kit testing leads to charges against Cleveland man in unsolved rapes of 3 women Rachel Dissell April 3, 2015
Police get help from TV show to test rape kits Livingston Daily Associated Press April 3, 2015
Backlog of sex crime kits will never happen again, Flint police chief pledges Molly Young April 3, 2015
MSU Scholar Honored for Helping Rape Victims Michigan State University April 3, 2015
Cardin deserves credit for rape-kit legislation Baltimore Sun Stacy Gold April 3, 2015


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