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.

Titlesort descending Source Author(s) Post Date
Advocacy group says Kansas City has 1,324 untested rape kits KSHB Lexi Sutter May 19, 2015
Advocates Join Fight to Eliminate Detroit's Rape Kit Backlog NPR Kate Wells February 10, 2015
Advocates laud state's new evidence law West Hartford News Christine Stuart August 5, 2015
Advocates meet to discuss possible statewide tracking system for sexual assault kits CBS46 Ashley Thompson March 28, 2017
Advocates Praise Passage of Law To Speed Transfer of Rape Kits CT News Junkie Christine Stuart July 30, 2015
Advocates Praise Senate Bill on Sexual Assault Victims' Rights The New York Times Emmarie Huetteman May 24, 2016
Advocates Urge White House to Implement Rape Kit Law RH Reality Check Sofia Resnick September 16, 2015
Advocates worry rape kit backlog will discourage victims, enable offenders Cronkite News Aida Chavez October 25, 2016
Advocates: Las Vegas sexual assault kits go untested FOX 5 KVVU-TV Danielle Miller October 7, 2014
Advocates: Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights Coming to State Legislatures Rewire Christine Grimaldi October 14, 2016
African American 490 Challenge raising money to test rape kits Michigan Chronicle Kim Trent November 17, 2015
After 19 years, man charged with attempted rape The Journal Times Kristen Zambo July 21, 2014
After 20 years rape victim gets justice after kit test Fox 2 Detroit Hannah Saunders November 13, 2015
After 21 years, woman gang raped when she was 12 faces her attackers in court The Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell December 19, 2014
After A College Student Killed Herself Following Her Alleged Rape, A Congressman Wants To Change The Law BuzzFeed News Katie J.M. Baker July 27, 2017
After a long battle, VA's backlog finally winds down The Hill Brandon Friedman September 23, 2015
After Cosby, California Changes Its Rape Laws The Atlantic Matt Ford September 29, 2016
After DNA test, man charged with 2001 rape of Valparaiso woman Post-Tribune July 18, 2014
After night of terror, years of anguish, she finds meaning The Boston Globe Yvonne Abraham March 22, 2015
After string of sex assaults, Grand Valley State University could make rape kit exams available on campus Monica Scott November 15, 2016
After USA NETWORK Investigation, rape-kit reforms flood state legislatures USA TODAY Steve Reilly March 10, 2016
AG announces task force to address unsubmitted sexual assault kits NBC Montana Hawk Hammer November 12, 2015
AG forms teams in 2 W. MI counties to investigate rape kit cases Wood TV Evan Dean May 19, 2017
AG Herring to Host Conference as Part of Project to Eliminate Backlog of Untested Rape Kits 8News Danielle Guichard October 12, 2017
AG Madigan Issues Guidelines for Responding to Sexual Assault Crimes WTTW Kristen Thometz July 14, 2017


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