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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 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 BLOGMay 23, 2014

New Report Explores Funding of Sexual Assault Exams Nationwide

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.

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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 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 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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ENDTHEBACKLOGJanuary 31, 2014

Progress Ahead as More States Consider Proactive Rape Kit Reforms

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.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGJanuary 22, 2014

Rape Kit Backlogs Discovered in Utah

Earlier this month, The Salt Lake Tribune reported backlogs in several jurisdictions in Utah and at the state crime lab.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGJanuary 17, 2014

The Latest Rape Kit Backlog Numbers in Ohio

Earlier this month, Attorney General Mike DeWine released his office’s monthly update on the progress of rape kit testing in Ohio.

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