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 ENDTHEBACKLOG 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.
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 23, 2014
In 2005, Congress amended the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to ensure that states bear the full costs of sexual assault medical forensic exams (MFEs) regardless of whether the survivor reports the assault to law enforcement. Five years later, the National Institute of Justice funded a study to determine whether this requirement is being met.
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.
ENDTHEBACKLOGApril 22, 2014
Since Ohio's rape kit testing initiative began in 2011, 125 agencies have submitted 6,437 kits—about half of which have been tested.
ENDTHEBACKLOGJanuary 31, 2014
As states across the country have opened their legislative sessions since the start of the new year, ENDTHEBACKLOG has been watching closely for rape kit reforms. Starting in 2010, the legislatures in Illinois, Texas and Colorado blazed the trail for mandating the testing of all rape kits booked into police evidence. Other states are beginning to follow their lead to varying degrees.