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
The Detroit Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Action Research Project (ARP), Final Report U.S. Department of Justice Dr. Rebecca Campbell March 1, 2015
SAPD backlog of rape kits sent for laboratory testing FOX 29 (San Antonio) Darian Trotter February 28, 2015
Charges filed against DNA profile in violent 1995 rape in Akron Cleveland.com Adam Ferrise February 28, 2015
Accused serial rapist nabbed Norwalk Reflector Norwalk Reflector Staff February 27, 2015
Untested Rape Kits: FAQ The Marshall Project Clare Sestanovich February 27, 2015
Busch-Armendariz: For sexual assault kits, test smart, not all Houston Chronicle Noel Busch-Armendariz February 26, 2015
DNA Match Leads to Guilty Plea in Mpls. Rape from 1996 ABC 5 Eyewitness News David Aeikens February 26, 2015
Longtime cold case solved with DNA in Fernandina Beach Jacksonville.com Dan Scanlan February 26, 2015
Cleveland man indicted for raping two women, one man since 2001 Fox 8 Cleveland Jen Steer February 26, 2015
Accused Serial Rapist Arrested by Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force Huntington News Special to HNN provided by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine February 26, 2015
Suspect in untested rape kit case faces at least seven other rape charges WREG Memphis April Thompson February 26, 2015
Senator sponsors legislation that could expedite rape kits testing WLKY Mark Vanderhoff February 26, 2015
Thousands of untested rape kits gathering dust in Kentucky, lawmakers told Kentucky.com Jack Brammer February 26, 2015
Houston Finds 850 DNA Matches after Eliminating Rape Kit Backlog The Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan February 26, 2015
U.S. court restores $18 million award to man freed in NYC rape case Yahoo News Jonathan Stempel February 26, 2015
Senate Joint Resolution 20 Kentucky Senate Senator Denise Harper February 26, 2015
Frederick County delegate calls for statewide audit of untested rape kits The Frederick News-Post Bethany Rodgers February 25, 2015
Rapists Go Free While Rape Kits Go Untested The Atlantic David A. Graham February 24, 2015
Houston's Rape-Kit Backlog Got 850 Matches in FBI DNA Database Houston Press William Darnell February 24, 2015
Houston tests 6,600 backlogged rape kits, makes 850 DNA matches NY Daily News Meg Wagner February 24, 2015
Houston Clears Rape-Kit Backlog, Finds 850 DNA Matches New York Magazine Claire Landsbaum February 24, 2015
850 DNA Matches Found as Houston Clears Rape Kit Backlog Gawker Brendan O'Connor February 23, 2015
8News Investigates: What Is The State Doing With Massive Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits? ABC 8 News Ilya Grossman February 23, 2015
Rape kit project yields charges against 29 suspects KHOU Doug Miller February 23, 2015
While some rape kits sat untested, suspects committed more assaults Chron Katherine Driessen February 23, 2015

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