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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 BLOGJanuary 22, 2014

Rape Kit Backlogs Discovered in Utah

Earlier this month, The Salt Lake Tribune reported backlogs in several jurisdictions in Utah and at the state crime lab.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGJanuary 17, 2014

The Latest Rape Kit Backlog Numbers in Ohio

Earlier this month, Attorney General Mike DeWine released his office’s monthly update on the progress of rape kit testing in Ohio.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGJanuary 16, 2014

Hollywood, FL Reports Backlog of Almost 100 Rape Kits

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.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGJanuary 7, 2014

Between the Cracks: The Importance of Testing All Kits

By the late 1990s, the law enforcement community knew that rape kits were mounting by the thousands.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGDecember 23, 2013

Illinois Completes Testing of Rape Kit Backlog

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.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGDecember 20, 2013

What the Numbers - and Lack Thereof - Really Tell Us

When the team at Joyful Heart began gathering data for the new interactive map on endthebacklog.org, illustrating everything we know about the rape kit backlog, we worried that the map might be a bit bare. Looking now at the final version of the map, the results are actually very powerful.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGDecember 13, 2013

Ohio's Rape Kit Testing Continues to Yield Results

Last week, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released the latest numbers on his state’s efforts to end its backlog of untested rape kits, which currently stands at 4,956.

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ENDTHEBACKLOGDecember 10, 2013

Featured Supporter: Sukey Novogratz

Sukey Novogratz, celebrated philanthropist, amazing mother and impassioned yogi and meditator, has been supporting Joyful Heart since 2009 and has made Joyful Heart’s ENDTHEBACKLOG work possible.

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