The Backlog

Media Archive

In this section, you can find an archive of information about the rape kit backlog, including news from across the country, investigative reports that have uncovered backlogs, op-eds from journalists and reformers, legislation and policy reports, government publications and more. Browse by date or by category below.

Title Source Author(s) Post Datesort ascending
Number of untested sexual assault kits in Kentucky, recommendations on crime lab backlog to be released soon CN2 Kevin Wheatley August 30, 2015
Lack of state funds, staffing to blame for failure to test thousands of rape kits from Oregon victims The Register-Guard Chelsea Gorrow August 30, 2015
DNA leads to arrest in 1988 rape-murder of widow, 88 Detroit Free Press LL Braiser August 29, 2015
Man pleads guilty to sexual assault Post Bulletin Kay Fate August 28, 2015
Unique Program Delivers Emergency Care Person to Native Victims of Sexual Assault Wyoming Public Radio Melodie Edwards August 28, 2015
Free rape kits eliminate medical bill, retraumatization Miami Student Carleigh Turner August 28, 2015
UMass rape trial: Certified sexual assault nurse examiner walks jury through process of gathering evidence Mass Live Fred Contrada August 27, 2015
Former Maple Heights man serving a life term for shooting a Texas deputy now linked to 20-year-old rape Rachel Dissell August 27, 2015
Belated DNA testing links unsolved crimes to 'tag team' rapists Rachel Dissell August 27, 2015
Decatur man convicted in 30-year-old serial rape case committed when he was a teen Crystal Bonvillian August 27, 2015
Jurors: Garth guilty of 3 of 4 counts of rape Decatur Daily Leah Cayson August 27, 2015
Jury reaches guilty verdict in decades-old rape case WAFF 48 Digital Staff August 26, 2015
Metro Changes Rape Kit Policy After Finding Nearly 100 Unprocessed In Past Ten Years WSAV 3 Sheila Parker August 26, 2015
Victim advocates: $ for rape kit testing is long overdue King 5 News Linda Byron August 26, 2015
DNA matches lead to arrest Post Crescent Media Ethan Safran August 26, 2015
King Co. lawmaker pushes for money to test rape kits King 5 News Linda Byron August 26, 2015
Victims testify in cold case rape trial; one rape kit lost Decatur Daily Leah Cayson August 26, 2015
King County council member wants funding to test rape kits Sun Times Seattle Nader Ihmoud August 26, 2015
New Ill. Law Keeps Hospitals From Billing Victims For Rape Kits ABC 7 Eyewitness News August 26, 2015
Kentucky State Police apply for $1.8 million grant for untested rape kits Ryan Cummings August 26, 2015
Attorney General Madigan: Sexual Assault Survivors Will Not Pay for Exams eNews Park Forest Press Release August 25, 2015
County releases rape kit records Beloit Daily News Whitney Helm August 25, 2015
Women Are Using Social Media as a Megaphone to Confront Nightlife's Rape Problem VICE Michelle Lhooq August 25, 2015
Editorial: State Crime Lab: Legislature needs to end the backlog Winston-Salem Journal Journal Editorial Board August 25, 2015
RapidHIT DNA Profile Uploaded to UK National DNA Database Identifies Dangerous Sex Offender While Suspect in Custody Business Wire August 24, 2015


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