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 ascending Source Author(s) Post Date
Virginia receives $1.4 million to test more than 2000 untested sexual assault evidence kits Augusta Free Press September 10, 2015
Virginia provides nationwide model for testing rape kits CBS 6 Local News Capitol News Service May 5, 2016
Virginia Plans to Eliminate Backlog of Untested Rape Kits NBC Washington Kyle Rempfer June 8, 2017
Virginia needs to test its 2,369 rape kits Washington Post Editorial Board July 7, 2015
Virginia Legislature Senate Bill 658 Virginia General Assembly Richard H. Black and Adam Ebbin January 17, 2014
Virginia deserves applause for its work to eliminate a rape kit backlog The Washington Post The Washington Post Editorial Board June 19, 2017
Virginia Beach detective solve sexual assault, murder cold case from 1986 Pilot Online Katherine Hafner October 2, 2015
Viewpoint: Answers Needed on Untested Rape Kits in St. Joseph County South Bend Tribune Jill Bodensteiner December 14, 2017
Video: Sex assault evidence kits remain untested in Dutchess, NY state Poughkeepsie Journal Amanda J Purcell November 7, 2015
Victims, advocates rally for more funding to solve rape cases WSAV Andrew James April 8, 2017
Victims, advocates plead with city leaders to resolve rape kit backlog Austin American-Statesman Elizabeth Findell September 2, 2016
Victims' hopes for justice fade as rape kits are routinely ignored or destroyed The Guardian Jessica Glenza November 10, 2015
Victims' Group: SD Rape Kit Testing Law a Mixed Bag Public News Service April 20, 2016
Victims' advocates seeking justice for 1,400 DNA cases left in limbo KXAN Claire Ricke September 1, 2016
Victims want to #ENDTHEBACKLOG of rape kits HLN Ajyra Cheatham and Natisha Lance April 28, 2015
Victims wait on untested rape kits The Tennessean Brian Haas April 13, 2014
Victims wait for justice as rape kits sit in lab backlogs WLKY Mark Vanderhoff July 29, 2014
Victims wait for justice as rape kits sit in lab backlogs WLKY Louisville Mark Vanderhoff July 28, 2014
Victims wait as rape kits go untested WTNH News 8 Staff April 23, 2014
Victims testify in cold case rape trial; one rape kit lost Decatur Daily Leah Cayson August 26, 2015
Victims of Sexual Assault Left with Expensive Medical Bills 1011 Now Stephanie Crace February 5, 2015
Victims of sexual assault face long road to recovery The Journal News Danyel Vanreenen February 23, 2017
Victims deserve better than nationwide rape kit backlog Los Angeles Times Editorial Board March 10, 2015
Victims abandoned when police let untested rape evidence kits stack up: Editorial The Picayune Times The Editorial Board January 28, 2015
Victimizations not reported to the police, 2006-2010 U.S. Department of Justice Lynn Langton, Marcus Berzofsky, Christopher Krebs, Hope Smiley-McDonald July 31, 2012


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