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 Source Author(s) Post Datesort ascending
Victims of sexual assault face long road to recovery The Journal News Danyel Vanreenen February 23, 2017
A Long Wait: Untested Sexual Assault Kits Part 1 Fox 21 Nikki Davidson February 22, 2017
Raped and forgotten: 10+ years after reported rape, victim one step closer to justice Fox 4 Now Michael Paluska February 22, 2017
Maryland Senate gives preliminary approval to two rape investigation bills The Baltimore Sun Ian Duncan February 21, 2017
How long must Idaho police hang on to rape evidence? Bill would set agency standards Idaho Statesman Ruth Brown February 21, 2017
Lewis Young pushes for tracking system in sexual assault cases The Frederick News-Post Danielle E. Gaines and Jeremy Arias February 21, 2017
Editorial: A rape kit calamity SavannahNow February 21, 2017
This nurse’s refrigerator is full of untested rape kits. Here’s why Pioneer Press Tad Vezner February 20, 2017
Every rape kit represents the face of a victim The Commercial Appeal Amy Weirich February 19, 2017
DNA testing branches out into the family tree Albuquerque Journal Diane Dimond February 18, 2017
House approves bill mandating timely rape-kit testing Deseret News Katie McKellar February 17, 2017
Va. Beach rape kits get hits in CODIS DNA database 13 News Now Laura Gellar February 17, 2017
Bills altering rape laws advance in Maryland Senate The Baltimore Sun Pamela Wood February 17, 2017
350 local rape victims wait longer for answers WFTV 9 February 17, 2017
Mandatory Rape Kit Testing Clears Another Hurdle KUER Whittney Evans February 17, 2017
Investigators adopt new sexual assault policies Courier-Journal Matthew Glowicki February 16, 2017
Austin Police Department’s rape kit backlog receives much needed help Community Impact Christopher Neely February 16, 2017
Tracking the Backlog and Searching for Justice Eugene Weekly Corinne Boyer February 16, 2017
Sexual assault cold-case kits come before Legislature for review The Goldendale Sentinel Tim Gruver February 15, 2017
South Dakota ranks 2nd highest per capita for rapes South Dakota ranks 2nd highest per capita for rapes KSFY Bridget Bennett February 14, 2017
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to eliminate backlog of untested rape kits by summer The Charlotte Observer Joe Marusak and Fred Clasen-Kelly February 14, 2017
New Maryland Laws Would Mean Fewer 'Unfounded' Rape Reports Teen Vogue Brittney McNamara February 14, 2017
Rape Survivor Pushes Changes In Oklahoma Law News 9 Aaron Brilbeck February 13, 2017
Maryland Lawmakers Say Its Rape Laws Need To Change Buzzfeed Alex Campbell and Katie J. M. Baker February 13, 2017
Rape and resistance The Baltimore Sun Baltimore Sun Editorial Board February 13, 2017


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