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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 BLOGSeptember 17, 2014

Survivor's Story: Meaghan

Behind the rape kit backlog is cultural misunderstanding of sexual assault. Too often, victims who report to law enforcement are belittled, harassed, disbelieved, dismissed.

First Person

ENDTHEBACKLOGAugust 21, 2014

Joyful Heart Foundation Applauds NIJ/FBI Partnership to Address Rape Kit Backlog; Urges Senate to Approve Critical Funding

This new partnership will give local and state jurisdictions the opportunity to submit untested kits to the federal government for testing. The FBI will serve as a “centralized testing laboratory” for those kits and will upload resulting DNA profiles into the national DNA database. NIJ will gather information from the program to inform rape kit collection and testing processes nationwide.

News

THE BACKLOG BLOGAugust 20, 2014

Cold Case Convictions: Using DNA to Exonerate the Innocent

We turn to the story of 57-year-old Michael Phillips of Dallas, Texas, who was exonerated on July 25 after having spent 12 years in prison on charges of rape.

Blog

THE BACKLOG BLOGAugust 8, 2014

Legislative Roundup: More States Address the Backlog

As legislative sessions have come to an end in states across the country, progress has been made in efforts to address the rape kit backlog.

News

THE BACKLOG BLOGJuly 16, 2014

Guest Post: Survivor-Inspired Prosecution

There is no justice that is indefinitely delayed.

Blog

THE BACKLOG BLOGJuly 9, 2014

Cold Case Convictions: Rape Kit Testing Leads to Convictions Decades Later

Our new series, Cold Case Convictions, begins, highlighting the consequences in allowing rape kits to remain untested, as well as the value DNA evidence has for bringing justice to victims of sexual assault.

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