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The Backlog


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 BACKLOGFebruary 12, 2016

Joyful Heart Foundation Applauds Hawaii Legislation to Address Rape Kit Backlog

The Joyful Heart Foundation, founded in Kailua-Kona in 2004, today provided testimony in support of House Bill 1907, which would help address the rape kit backlog in Hawai‘i.


END THE BACKLOGFebruary 9, 2016

Joyful Heart Foundation Welcomes President Obama's Inclusion of $41 Million for Rape Kit Reform in Budget Request

The Joyful Heart Foundation expressed its gratitude to President Obama for including $41 million in funding for the U.S. Department of Justice’s community-based sexual assault response initiative in the budget proposal released today.


END THE BACKLOGFebruary 9, 2016

ENDTHEBACKLOG News: February 2016

This month, we welcome President Obama's inclusion of $41 million for rape kit reform in his FY17 budget request, look forward at the 2016 legislative session


END THE BACKLOGFebruary 9, 2016

Legislative Landscape of Rape Kit Reform: 2016

There is a real movement for change occurring right now. Joyful Heart is proud to be part of it by making rape kit testing top advocacy priority. Our goal? A policy for rape kit testing in all 50 states.


THE BACKLOG BLOGJanuary 20, 2016

Joyful Heart Foundation and Partners File Amicus Brief in Ohio Case That Could Undermine Justice for Rape Survivors

The Joyful Heart Foundation has filed an amicus brief on behalf of the State of Ohio, which is appealing the Ohio Court of Appeals’ decision to use the state’s backlog of untested rape kits in part to dismiss rape and kidnapping charges against an alleged serial rapist.


THE BACKLOG BLOGDecember 18, 2015

ENDTHEBACKLOG News: December/January

This month, we celebrate the inclusion of $45M in the FY16 Federal Spending Bill, announce the expansion of The Accountability Project, spotlight four cities who are working to address the rape kit backlog, and take a look at DOJ's work to prevent gender bias.


THE BACKLOG BLOGNovember 2, 2015

ENDTHEBACKLOG News: November 2015

This month, we take an inside look at the 2nd Annual Sexual Assault Kit Summit for Cities and have two featured guest blogs: Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen and Texas Department of Public Safety Assistant Director Skylor Hearn take us inside their states' audit process.


THE BACKLOG BLOGOctober 28, 2015

Lessons Learned from the Texas Rape Kit Audit

There are hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits in the United States. To address this problem, many states are in the process of debating, developing or enacting some form of mandatory sexual assault kit legislation. While recent national news articles on this issue may characterize it as a current event, the State of Texas has been working to address this issue for more than four years.



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