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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.

EndTheBacklogJune 25, 2018

Preventable Crimes in California

The untested rape kit backlog denies justice for sexual assault survivors and communities. For every untested kit, there is a perpetrator who is not held accountable for their crime, free to re-offend and commit other crimes. Keith Asberry, 33, of Antioch, California is one of those offenders.

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EndTheBacklogNovember 17, 2017

Creating A Victim Notification Procedure in Fayetteville

Lieutenant John Somerindyke from the Fayetteville, North Carolina Police Department (FPD) shares the department's efforts to establish a victim notification protocol to re-engage survivors in the criminal justice system. As a 2015 Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grantee, FPD was tasked with testing backlogged rape kits, notifying victims, and investigating cases.

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EndTheBacklogApril 17, 2017

Four Myths About the Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

This Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we are challenging the myths that stand as obstacles to meaningful rape kit reform.

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EndTheBacklogMarch 29, 2017

The Accountability Project: Cities Hinder Efforts to Shed Light on Untested Rape Kits

Over the past three years, we have used public records requests to uncover nearly 39,000 untested rape kits in 41 jurisdictions across 28 states. Today, we are releasing information from cities that have not responded or have not fully responded to our requests. Despite years of effort, and multiple attempts, these cities have refused or ignored our requests for information—or have outright admitted that they don't know the extent of their rape kit backlogs—and have not taken any steps to start counting.

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EndTheBacklogJanuary 23, 2017

No testing, no pattern. Serial rapist connected to seven assaults in Dallas.

At least seven sexual assaults in Dallas have been connected to one man, Joseph Beaty. Although the first known assault occurred in 2009, and a rape kit was collected, Beaty is only now being prosecuted for his crimes.

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EndTheBacklogNovember 29, 2016

Joyful Heart Foundation Applauds New York Law to Increase Accountability, Transparency for Sexual Assault Survivors

With this bill, New York has joined the growing number of states that have enacted rape kit reform laws.

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END THE BACKLOGNovember 22, 2016

24,000 Untested Rape Kits Reported in 7 States

In recent months, officials in seven states have counted the number of untested rape kits in law enforcement evidence facilities, and reported partial or complete audit results. Their findings? Nearly 24,000 untested rape kits.

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