Florida Enacts Law to Test and Track Rape Kits

Survivor and sexual assault advocate Julie Weil describes what Florida's recently passed sexual assault kit legislation, Florida SB 636, means for survivors who have felt like their voices have not been heard.

"Melissa's Law" Heads to Oregon Governor

Survivor Brenda Tracy and attorney and advocate Jacqueline Swanson have been working to pass rape kit backlog legislation in Oregon for some time and are overjoyed that Melissa's Law just passed both the Oregon House and Senate with unanimous approval. They describe what this means for survivors across the state.

Urgent: Georgia's Rape Kit Reform Bill Is Moving and Needs Your Voice!

The "Pursuing Justice for Rape Victims Act" is a highly supported piece of Georgia legislation brought by Rep. Scott Holcomb to address the untested rape kit backlog. The House of Representatives passed the bill, unanimously. However, it is now seriously threatened in the Senate Health & Human Services Committee.

Cold Case Convictions: Cuyahoga County

Cleveland, which is located in Cuyahoga County, has been leading the way in securing cold case convictions after submitting nearly 4,000 backlogged rape kits for testing as part of Ohio's Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative.

More Than 9,000 Untested Rape Kits Reported in Tennessee

The untested kits date back to 1985.

Legislative Roundup: More States Address the Backlog

As legislative sessions have come to an end in states across the country, progress has been made in efforts to address the rape kit backlog.

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.

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.

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.

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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