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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.

THE BACKLOG BLOGMay 4, 2015

Interview with Rick Bell: Pt. 3

In our final part of his interview, Rick talks about how Cuyahoga County is moving forward to address their backlog, and how they’re collaborating with other cities that are doing the same.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGApril 27, 2015

Interview with Rick Bell: Pt. 2

Several years ago, law enforcement in Cleveland discovered nearly 4,000 untested rape kits, dating from 1993. By 2014, every kit had been submitted for testing in accordance with Ohio’s Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative, and the testing of the first 2,326 kits yielded stunning results: 968 matches in the CODIS national DNA database, 324 investigations, and 204 criminal indictments.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGApril 24, 2015

Insider Look: Conference on Crimes Against Women

Earlier this month, Managing Director Sarah Haacke Byrd and Senior Policy & Advocacy Advisor, Ilse Knecht traveled to Dallas to attend the 10th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women.

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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 BLOGDecember 19, 2014

Manhattan District Attorney Seeks Input from Jurisdictions with Rape Kit Backlog

As the Manhattan DA’s office continues to develop their grant program, they are now looking for input by key stakeholders of jurisdictions with untested rape kits.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGDecember 9, 2014

Sexual Assault Survivors Given Hope in Congressional Spending Bill

$41 million to address the nation’s rape kit backlog is in the FY15 spending bill released by congressional leaders.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGNovember 26, 2014

Cold Case Convictions: Detroit

An untested rape kit from 1988 was recently tested in Detroit, leading to the arrest and conviction of serial offender Michael Eugene Swygart. Twenty-five years after the rape took place, Swygart has been sentenced to 40-75 years in prison on charges of criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping.

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