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.
THE BACKLOG BLOGDecember 10, 2014
Statement of Manhattan DA Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. On Congressional Funding To Help Eliminate Rape Kit Backlogs In Cities Nationwide
Inclusion of $41 Million in Omnibus Spending Bill Follows D.A.’s Commitment of $35 Million Last Month
THE BACKLOG BLOGDecember 9, 2014
$41 million to address the nation’s rape kit backlog is in the FY15 spending bill released by congressional leaders.
THE BACKLOG BLOGNovember 18, 2014
A recent examination of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) revealed that five seasoned detectives of the Special Victims Section failed to pursue over 800 sex crime cases between 2011 and 2013.
ENDTHEBACKLOGNovember 12, 2014
Today's announcement is a watershed moment.
THE BACKLOG BLOGNovember 6, 2014
We sometimes hear from jurisdictions that they don’t consider the untested rape kits in their storage facilities to be part of a backlog—that officials actively chose not to test those kits. These jurisdictions fail to see the value of testing every kit booked into evidence, particularly when the identity of the perpetrator is known.
THE BACKLOG BLOGNovember 3, 2014
A recent audit in California, which closely examined practices in three of the state’s largest metropolitan areas, revealed that over half of the sexual assault kits collected between 2011 and 2013 were never analyzed by crime labs.
THE BACKLOG BLOGOctober 3, 2014
Information was gathered through public records requests.