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.
EndTheBacklogFebruary 21, 2017
Earlier this month, Joyful Heart released records acquired from 11 new jurisdictions through The Accountability Project. Using public records requests, we have uncovered more than 34,000 untested rape kits to date.
THE BACKLOG BLOGNovember 21, 2014
This week in our Cold Case Convictions series, where we highlight cases in which the testing of rape kits years later helps bring perpetrators to justice, we turn to Tennessee.
THE BACKLOG BLOGSeptember 15, 2014
The untested kits date back to 1985.
THE BACKLOG BLOGJuly 2, 2014
This summer has brought more news from Memphis, including developments with a federal lawsuit facing the city and the city’s investigation into the causes of its rape kit backlog.
THE BACKLOG BLOGJune 10, 2014
Keli Rabon is an investigative reporter with Call7News in Denver, Colorado. Her work to uncover rape kit backlogs in both Denver and Memphis has led to policy changes, and has earned Keli numerous awards. ENDTHEBACKLOG spoke with her.
THE BACKLOG BLOGMay 12, 2014
Over the past several weeks, the colors of the ENDTHEBACKLOG map, which demonstrates everything we currently know about the rape kit backlog nationwide, have been changing.
THE BACKLOG BLOGFebruary 24, 2014
Memphis has made a commitment to address and eliminate the city’s backlog of untested sexual assault kits. And they're not alone in their efforts to tackle the backlog.
ENDTHEBACKLOGNovember 18, 2013
Last week, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong announced that the agency has more than 12,000 untested rape kits sitting in storage facilities—about 4,000 more than previously reported—and that it will take more than $4 million to process them all.