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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 BACKLOGApril 6, 2016

Joyful Heart Foundation's New Study on Victim Notification

“Navigating Notification” includes years of research, best practices, and lessons learned.


END THE BACKLOGApril 6, 2016

Victim Notification Best Practices: Why They Matter

The majority of sexual assault and victims’ rights organizations around the United States support universal testing of rape kits. They have spoken for themselves, and we must now listen. What happens next?



Survivor’s Story: Joanie

I am a survivor of an extremely violent sexual assault. I will always live every day in deep gratitude that I am still alive to even tell my story.

Survivor Stories

THE BACKLOG BLOGJanuary 28, 2014

Considering the Rape Kit Backlog in Ohio

As NPR reported this week, "rape kits give evidence to victims' stories." Law enforcement must count, track and test the kits in their evidence rooms—they must believe and honor survivors' decisions to participate in the criminal justice process.


ENDTHEBACKLOGAugust 29, 2013

Joyful Heart Presents on Victim Notification at the 2013 National Sexual Assault Conference

At the 2013 National Sexual Assault Conference, Joyful Heart presented a workshop on our research on victim notification and the rape kit backlog, defining victim notification and current practices across the country and walking the audience through the many decisions jurisdictions face when notifying survivors that their rape kits were part of a backlog. They were joined by a panel of experts who have direct experience with notification: Detective James Blocker of the LA Police Department (LAPD), Robert Taylor, Assistant Director of the LA Sheriff's Department (LASD) Crime Lab, and Anne Kinetra, an investigator with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.



JHF's Annual Gala features powerful stories of backlog's impact

As part of Joyful Heart Foundation's 6th Annual Gala, Audrey Polk took to the stage to share her story.


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