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ENDTHEBACKLOG Media Center

Across the country, the rape kit backlog is making headlines. Journalists are uncovering backlogs, jurisdictions are implementing reforms to track and test rape kits and citizens are taking action. In the Media Center, you'll find the latest information about the backlog, including: commentary from the ENDTHEBACKLOG staff and backlog reformers, first-person testimonials from those impacted by the backlog, an archive of news articles, op-eds, investigative reports, legislation and government publications we've identified, and more.

THE BACKLOG BLOGApril 24, 2015

Insider Look: Conference on Crimes Against Women

Earlier this month, Managing Director Sarah Haacke Byrd and Senior Policy & Advocacy Advisor, Ilse Knecht traveled to Dallas to attend the 10th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGApril 20, 2015

Interview with Rick Bell: Pt. 1

ENDTHEBACKLOG had the opportunity to interview Rick Bell, the Special Investigations Division Chief in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGApril 16, 2015

Manhattan District Attorney Hosts Webinar on Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Grant Program

On Monday, April 20th at 11:00am ET, the New York District Attorney's Office (DANY) will host a webinar on its Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Grant Program.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGApril 1, 2015

Reform Is Happening

With its $35 million investment, the New York District Attorney’s Office will help communities achieve the results that rape kit testing has shown to bring time and time again: safety, justice and healing.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMarch 27, 2015

Rape Kit Backlog Audit '#1 priority this year' for Kentucky Auditor's Office

Senate Joint Resolution 20 was delivered to the Governor this month after being passed in both the House and Senate unanimously. This bill requires a state audit of all untested rape kits in the custody of law enforcement agencies.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMarch 16, 2015

FACT SHEET: Investments to Reduce the National Rape Kit Backlog and Combat Violence Against Women

Today, Vice President Biden will deliver remarks in Maryland to highlight the Administration’s new Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, which is investing $41 million this year to help communities accelerate testing of the estimated 400,000 rape kits that have been backlogged in law enforcement storage rooms and crime labs across the country.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMarch 13, 2015

Beyond the Backlog: The Costs of Sexual Violence

A new report produced and distributed by the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence outlines some other costs of sexual violence. The document addresses the economic, health care and systems costs associated with sexual violence.

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