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
Austin Police Department’s rape kit backlog receives much needed help Community Impact Christopher Neely February 16, 2017
No end in sight for clearing backlog of 1,000 Austin Police Department DNA kits Community Impact Christopher Neely January 3, 2017
Despite backlog of rape kits, California’s not requiring they be tested or tallied CALmatters Samantha Young May 17, 2017
The Sexual Assault Survivor Saving Untested Rape Kits from the Trash VICE Gabby Bess February 2, 2016
How the Critical Shortage of Sexual Assault Nurses Harms Survivors Across the US Broadly Haley Potiker August 31, 2016
Public Hospitals in NYC Have Destroyed Over 800 Rape Kits Since 2012 Broadly Vanessa Nason November 13, 2017
DOJ Launches Website Tracking Backlog of Untested Sexual Assault Kits Badger Herald Kai Brito October 18, 2017
Sexual assault test kits can give people freedom, more control over assault The Badger Herald Vidushi Saxena October 25, 2016
Wisconsin to test sexual assault kits, help victims ‘move forward’ The Badger Herald Vidushi Saxena October 7, 2016
Department of Justice Letter to The Honorable Ron Johnson Regarding DNA Evidence Processing U. S. Department of Justice Peter J. Kadzik October 8, 2015
Rape kits law passed Yale Daily News Michelle Liu October 1, 2015
SAK testing initiative leads to indictment Xenia Gazette Scott Halasz October 19, 2014
Report: Maryland has 3,700 untested rape kits WYPR Rachel Baye January 3, 2017
Unique Program Delivers Emergency Care Person to Native Victims of Sexual Assault Wyoming Public Radio Melodie Edwards August 28, 2015
Madison Democrats Demand Audit Of Rape Kit Backlog WXPR Tim Morrissey October 4, 2017
Hank investigates: shocking backlog in DNA testing of rape kits WHDH NBC Hank Phillippi Ryan June 10, 2013
Cornyn bill to fight nation-wide rape kit backlog passes Congress Your Houston News March 2, 2013
Cornyn pushes Justice Department to fully implement SAFER Act, help reduce rape kit backlog The Katy Rancher June 28, 2015
Cornyn issues statement on Administration's announcement of additional resources to fight Rape Kit backlog The Observer Community Reports September 12, 2015
DNA Found in Midland Helps Identify Rape Suspect in Charlotte Your Basin July 17, 2017
Thousands of untested sexual assault kits in Virginia to be tested Your 4 State Michella Drapac September 15, 2015
Long slog ahead to get through Washington state’s 6,000 untested rape kits Yakima Herald Molly Rosbach October 9, 2016
Old rape kits: Scientists try to strike DNA match Yakima Herald Republic Monica Hesse June 20, 2014
Washington State Patrol warns of backlog of rape kits Yakima Herald Donald W. Meyers December 31, 2015
Grant for Clearing Backlog of Rape Kit Testing Could Help Cases in Yakima County Yakima Herald October 9, 2017

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