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 BLOGJune 11, 2015
Joyful Heart praised the Senate Committee on Appropriations' inclusion of $41 million in funding for the Justice Department' sexual assault response initiative in their FY16 funding bill.
THE BACKLOG BLOGMay 20, 2015
Statements for the Senate Judiciary Hearing, "Taking Sexual Assault Seriously: The Rape Kit Backlog and Human Rights"
Sarah Haacke Byrd is testifying before the hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, “Taking Sexual Assault Seriously: The Rape Kit Backlog and Human Rights.” Her testimony, here.
THE BACKLOG BLOGMarch 9, 2015
With the passage of Ohio’s new rape kit testing bill—signed into law in December—we are highlighting Ohio State Senator Capri Cafaro, the legislation’s sponsor, as today’s Featured Reformer.
ENDTHEBACKLOGSeptember 19, 2014
Politics in the U.S. Congress have stalled new, critical funding to address the nation’s rape kit backlog.
ENDTHEBACKLOGJune 5, 2014
This morning, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $41 million in its FY2015 Commerce, Justice and Science spending bill to address the rape kit backlog.
ENDTHEBACKLOGJune 4, 2014
This new initiative will enable communities to develop a thorough approach to rape kit testing, investigation and prosecution of sexual violence, training for law enforcement and services for survivors.
THE BACKLOG BLOGMay 14, 2014
With a few simple actions, you can let your legislators know how important their work to address the rape kit backlog is to you.
THE BACKLOG BLOGMay 4, 2014
The FY2015 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill that the House of Representatives released on Tuesday includes $36 million to address rape kit backlogs across the country.