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.
ENDTHEBACKLOGJanuary 31, 2014
As states across the country have opened their legislative sessions since the start of the new year, ENDTHEBACKLOG has been watching closely for rape kit reforms. Starting in 2010, the legislatures in Illinois, Texas and Colorado blazed the trail for mandating the testing of all rape kits booked into police evidence. Other states are beginning to follow their lead to varying degrees.
THE BACKLOG BLOGJanuary 28, 2014
As NPR reported this week, "rape kits give evidence to victims' stories." Law enforcement must count, track and test the kits in their evidence rooms—they must believe and honor survivors' decisions to participate in the criminal justice process.
THE BACKLOG BLOGJanuary 23, 2014
Yesterday's report on sexual assault from the White House demonstrates the Administration's deep commitment to ending sexual violence and improving the responses of our government, our criminal justice system, our schools and our communities, but also identifies that there is still a great deal of work to be done.
THE BACKLOG BLOGJanuary 22, 2014
Earlier this month, The Salt Lake Tribune reported backlogs in several jurisdictions in Utah and at the state crime lab.
THE BACKLOG BLOGJanuary 17, 2014
Earlier this month, Attorney General Mike DeWine released his office’s monthly update on the progress of rape kit testing in Ohio.
THE BACKLOG BLOGJanuary 16, 2014
WSVN reports that the Hollywood, FL PD has uncovered a backlog of 94 untested rape kits in their storage facilities dating back to at least 2005.
THE BACKLOG BLOGJanuary 7, 2014
By the late 1990s, the law enforcement community knew that rape kits were mounting by the thousands.
THE BACKLOG BLOGDecember 23, 2013
Last week, the Chicago Tribune reported that the Illinois State Police have completed testing and analysis of the 4,000 kits that were part of the rape kit backlog in Illinois, a milestone in the effort to end the backlog of untested rape kits.