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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.

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.

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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?

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END THE BACKLOGFebruary 9, 2016

Joyful Heart Foundation Welcomes President Obama's Inclusion of $41 Million for Rape Kit Reform in Budget Request

The Joyful Heart Foundation expressed its gratitude to President Obama for including $41 million in funding for the U.S. Department of Justice’s community-based sexual assault response initiative in the budget proposal released today.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGOctober 28, 2015

Lessons Learned from the Texas Rape Kit Audit

There are hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits in the United States. To address this problem, many states are in the process of debating, developing or enacting some form of mandatory sexual assault kit legislation. While recent national news articles on this issue may characterize it as a current event, the State of Texas has been working to address this issue for more than four years.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGJuly 22, 2015

Addressing the Rape Kit Backlog in Connecticut

We applaud the work that CONNSACS, advocates, legislators, law enforcement and prosecutors have done to uncover Connecticut’s backlog and take meaningful steps to address it.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGJuly 16, 2015

Today, a bigger picture of the backlog

USA TODAY, Gannett and TEGNA TV have just released the results of a sweeping investigation on the scope of the rape kit backlog.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGJune 30, 2015

The risk we take with Charlotte's rape kit backlog

Recently the Joyful Heart Foundation announced that Charlotte has 1,019 untested rape kits in law enforcement evidence storage facilities.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMay 19, 2015

Joyful Heart Releases New Data on Rape Kit Backlogs in Five U.S. Cities

As part of its ongoing effort to identify the number of untested rape kits across the United States, the Joyful Heart Foundation today released information obtained from Charlotte, NC; Jacksonville, FL; Kansas City, MO; Portland, OR and San Diego, CA

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