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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 BLOGJanuary 16, 2014

Hollywood, FL Reports Backlog of Almost 100 Rape Kits

WSVN reports that the Hollywood, FL PD has uncovered a backlog of 94 untested rape kits in their storage facilities dating back to at least 2005.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGDecember 23, 2013

Illinois Completes Testing of Rape Kit Backlog

Last week, the Chicago Tribune reported that the Illinois State Police have completed testing and analysis of the 4,000 kits that were part of the rape kit backlog in Illinois, a milestone in the effort to end the backlog of untested rape kits.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGDecember 13, 2013

Ohio's Rape Kit Testing Continues to Yield Results

Last week, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released the latest numbers on his state’s efforts to end its backlog of untested rape kits, which currently stands at 4,956.

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ThinkProgressDecember 10, 2013

If We Want To Take Sexual Assault Seriously, We Need To Test Thousands Of Rape Kits First

Here in the United States, which came first: A victim-blaming rape culture, or a police force that doesn’t take sexual assault cases seriously?

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The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionSeptember 4, 2013

A key to prosecuting rape

Every year, thousands of individuals take the courageous step of reporting their rape to the police. They overcome the terrible, misplaced social stigma of being the victim of sexual violence. A forensic exam of their bodies typically takes four to six hours. The evidence is then collected in a “Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit” — a rape kit.

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Minneapolis City PagesSeptember 3, 2013

The science of stopping sex crimes

In the quest to catch violent perps, rape kits can be a key ally – but only if they're tested. Rape kit testing can identify serial rapists and unknown assailants as well as exonerate innocent suspects. The fact that so many DNA samples have sat on shelves in evidence rooms for years sends negative messages to victims and encourages culprits, says Sarah Tofte, director of policy and advocacy for the Joyful Heart Foundation, which presses for rape kit testing.

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Click On DetroitAugust 30, 2013

Wayne County Prosecutor's Office works to test 11,000 Detroit rape kits to reveal suspects

The Prosecutor's Office says 11,000 rape kits have been found sitting on the shelves at a police annex building. Most of the kits were untested, until now.

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The Tampa TribuneAugust 30, 2013

Work to end the rape kit backlog

Every year, thousands of individuals take the courageous step of reporting their rape to the police. They overcome the terrible, misplaced social stigma of being the victim of sexual violence. They overcome the warnings sometimes uttered by the rapist to keep silent. They overcome the suggestions that these issues ought not to be spoken of, and they speak up. The forensic examination of their bodies, the crime scene, typically takes four to six hours, and yields what is called a rape kit. And experts estimate there are hundreds of thousands of rape kits sitting untested throughout the country.

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