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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.

EndTheBacklogOctober 23, 2018

Georgia Serial Rapist Caught After Backlogged Kits Were Tested

A sexual assault survivor should not have to wait 10 years for their rape kit to be tested, but that happened in a Fulton County, Georgia case. While this kit sat on the shelf, the perpetrator sexually assaulted more people and committed other crimes.


EndTheBacklogOctober 11, 2018

New Funding Announced to Test Backlogged Kits and Support Survivors

At Joyful Heart, we are a proud partner in the effort to create funding opportunities, like the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), for jurisdictions seeking to address their untested rape kit backlogs. For four years, we have engaged with members of Congress to secure funding for SAKI to support the work being done across the country.


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.


END THE BACKLOGSeptember 20, 2016

The Honolulu Star Advertiser: Police miss deadline on rape kits

All four of Hawaii’s county police departments have failed to comply with the Sept. 1 deadline.


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