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
After 40 Years, Persistence, Publicity and DNA Evidence Pay Off in East Area Rapist Case Sacramento Bee Sacramento Bee Editorial Board April 25, 2018
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
AG Says More Rape Kits Being Submitted for Testing Star Advertiser October 5, 2017
AG's Office hosts sexual assault cold case training in effort to end backlog of untested rape kits Spectrum News Don Weber April 11, 2017
AG: $3M will be used to prosecute Detroit rape cases Detroit Free Press Robert Allen May 19, 2015
AG: 1,800 untested rape kits, 28 in St. Clair County The Times Herald Beth LeBlanc January 30, 2016
AG: 1st case tied to rape kits left in warehouse leads to conviction Lansing State Journal April 17, 2016
AG: First two indictments from untested rape kits NBC3 WKYC Kim Wendel March 14, 2013
AG: Ohio has tested 7,000 rape kits, found 2,500+ DNA matches Associated Press WLWT April 9, 2015
Agencies cooperating with request for information on untested rape kits Billings Gazette Holly Michels December 29, 2015
Agencies Now In Compliance With New Sexual Assault Policies WUKY Josh James February 6, 2017
Agencies say they're following law with untested rape kits Star Tribune Shannon Prather and Karen Zamora December 8, 2015
Agencies strategize over rape-kit backlog Herald Dispatch Courtney Hessler December 12, 2015
Agencies tackling rape kit backlog Messenger-Inquirer James Mayse August 21, 2015


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