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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 BACKLOGNovember 22, 2016

Guest Post: Pursuing Justice for Rape Victims in Georgia

In an End The Backlog exclusive, Representative Scott Holcomb, the champion of Georgia's landmark 2016 rape kit reform bill, shares how rape kit reform came to pass in Georgia.

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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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EndTheBacklogOctober 20, 2016

Joyful Heart Foundation Commends Passage of Massachusetts Bill to Increase Transparency for Sexual Assault Survivors

Championed by survivor and activist Amanda Nguyen, the Massachusetts law requires law enforcement or any governmental entity that is responsible for sexual assault forensic evidence to preserve that evidence, including rape kits, for at least 15 years or for the statute of limitations whether or not a victim chooses to report to law enforcement.

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EndTheBacklogOctober 17, 2016

Landscape of Reform: State Legislation Enacted in 2016

This year, we saw incredible progress in the movement to address the untested rape kit backlog and to ensure justice for sexual assault survivors. In 2016, rape kit reform bills were introduced in 21 states, and 13 states across the country have enacted legislation to date.

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END THE BACKLOGFebruary 12, 2016

Joyful Heart Foundation Applauds Hawaii Legislation to Address Rape Kit Backlog

The Joyful Heart Foundation, founded in Kailua-Kona in 2004, today provided testimony in support of House Bill 1907, which would help address the rape kit backlog in Hawai‘i.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGDecember 11, 2015

$45 Million for Rape Kit Reform Signed into Law

$45 million in funding for the U.S. Department of Justice’s community-based sexual assault response initiative in the FY16 omnibus bill was signed into law on Friday, December 18.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGSeptember 10, 2015

Joyful Heart Foundation Celebrates Nearly $80 Million Awarded to Support Comprehensive Rape Kit Reform

The Joyful Heart Foundation, one of the leading advocacy organizations working toward nationwide rape kit reform, today applauded the awards of nearly $80 million in grants to address the backlog of untested sexual assault kits at law enforcement agencies.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGAugust 28, 2015

Rape Kit Reform in 2015: States Respond to the Crisis

This year brought an unprecedented amount of activity at the state level aimed at reforming rape kit policies. In the 2015 session, 46 pieces of legislation that would address how sexual assault kit evidence is handled were introduced in 25 states, and of those, eleven states enacted bills.

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