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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 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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THE BACKLOG BLOGMarch 10, 2015

Department of Justice Releases Solicitations for New Rape Kit Reform Initiative

Today, the Joyful Heart Foundation welcomed the U.S. Department of Justice's release of two solicitations for funding to address the growing backlog of sexual assault kits at law enforcement agencies.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMarch 9, 2015

Ending the Backlog in Ohio: Senator Capri Cafaro

With the passage of Ohio’s new rape kit testing bill—signed into law in December—we are highlighting Ohio State Senator Capri Cafaro, the legislation’s sponsor, as today’s Featured Reformer.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMarch 5, 2015

Houston reaches significant milestone in addressing untested rape kit backlog

Last week, Houston officials announced that testing has been completed on 6,663 previously untested rape kits, some dating as far back as the 1980s.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMarch 3, 2015

Cold Case Convictions: Cleveland

In Cleveland, five cold cases involving two perpetrators have been solved as a result of DNA evidence found in previously untested rape kits.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGFebruary 2, 2015

Joyful Heart Applauds President’s Investment in Rape Kit Reform

We applaud the inclusion of $41 million in the President's budget for the Justice Department’s community-based sexual assault response initiative.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGJanuary 13, 2015

Detroit Launches Fundraising Initiative to Address Rape Kit Backlog

On Tuesday, January 6th 2015, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, Detroit Crime Commission, and Michigan Women’s Foundation announced a new public-private collaboration for justice: Enough SAID (Sexual Assault in Detroit).

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