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The Backlog


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 END THE BACKLOG 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.

END THE BACKLOGAugust 17, 2016

Remembering Lauren Smith's Passion for Justice

We all like to think we are motivated by a desire to do good and to see justice be done. Our friend Lauren Smith - sadly departed from us last December, too soon - spent her time every day trying to make that kind of difference in the world.


END THE BACKLOGJuly 27, 2016

The Ohio Supreme Court Just Delivered a Major Ruling Affecting Survivors and the Rape Kit Backlog

Today, the Ohio Supreme Court ensures a path to justice and healing remains open for survivors affected by the rape kit backlog.


END THE BACKLOGJune 29, 2016

New External Resources

A summary of new resources on the rape kit backlog now available.


END THE BACKLOGApril 6, 2016

Victim Notification Best Practices: Why They Matter

The majority of sexual assault and victims’ rights organizations around the United States support universal testing of rape kits. They have spoken for themselves, and we must now listen. What happens next?


END THE BACKLOGApril 6, 2016

Joyful Heart Foundation's New Study on Victim Notification

“Navigating Notification” includes years of research, best practices, and lessons learned.


END THE BACKLOGMarch 28, 2016

How Journalists Reporting on the Rape Kit Backlog Deal with Vicarious Trauma

We read hundreds of rape reports—women whose rape kits had been collected with care and then shelved for decades. Their stories stick with us.


END THE BACKLOGMarch 25, 2016

Last Night in Georgia

Last night, rape kit reform passed in Georgia. But our advocacy to bring meaningful rape kit reform around the country still carries on.


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