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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.

THE BACKLOG BLOGMay 12, 2014

Number of States Seeking to End the Backlog Grows

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.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMay 4, 2014

House of Reps Committee Appropriates $36m for Rape Kit Reform

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.

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ENDTHEBACKLOGApril 29, 2014

A Letter to the Members of the U.S. Congress

We the undersigned advocates, members of law enforcement and prosecutors write today to ask that you join us in our effort to give survivors the justice they deserve.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGApril 25, 2014

An Interview with Rachel Dissell and Leila Atassi

Their investigative work with the Cleveland Plain Dealer has explored each facet of the criminal justice response to sexual violence—from rape kit testing to victim re-engagement to prosecution. Read our interview with them.

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ENDTHEBACKLOGApril 22, 2014

1,104 DNA Hits Generated in Ohio’s Continued Rape Kit Backlog Progress

Since Ohio's rape kit testing initiative began in 2011, 125 agencies have submitted 6,437 kits—about half of which have been tested.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMarch 28, 2014

Between the Cracks: Exonerating the Innocent

If not for New York City’s rape kit backlog project, Michael Mercer might have spent the rest of his life in prison for a crime he did not commit.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMarch 6, 2014

Exciting News from the White House

For the first time, the White House has dedicated funding that will provide cities across the country with the vital resources they need to help end the nationwide rape kit backlog.

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