The Backlog

News 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
Rape Kits in America: Battling the Backlog-on-Backlog in SAKI Forensic Magazine Seth Augenstein January 3, 2018
Rape Kits in America: Devil's in the Forensic Details in Ohio Study Forensic Magazine Seth Augenstein January 2, 2018
Formerly Disgraced DC Crime Lab Eliminates Rape Kit Backlog WTOP Megan Cloherty January 2, 2018
In Unusual Step, Victims Told of Destroyed Rape Kits The Republic Martha Waggoner January 1, 2018
State Audit Reveals 238 Untested Rape Kits in Lake County Chicago Tribune Becky Jacobs December 29, 2017
Audits of State’s Untested Rape Kits Unlikely to be Completed by Deadline The Frontier Kassie McClung December 28, 2017
500 Rape Kits Result in 1300 DNA "Hits" in Florida ABC7 WWSB December 28, 2017
Advocates Hope Focus on Sex Harassment Means More Priority for Testing Rape Kits San Francisco Chronicle Melody Gutierrez December 28, 2017
Fort Myers Man Arrested in 22 Year Old Rape Case NBC-2 Elizabeth Eisele December 27, 2017
Schimel Defends Delays in Rape Kit Testing Wisconsin Radio Network Andrew Beckett December 27, 2017
All Rape Kits Must Be Tested Daily Item Daily Item Editorial Board December 25, 2017
House Bill Would Compel Cops to Explain Rape Kit Testing Backlogs Daily Item John Finnerty December 23, 2017
St. Luke's to Offer Training to Reduce Shortage of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Sioux City Journal Dolly A. Butz December 22, 2017
Detroit Prosecutor Identifies 817 Serial Rapists Using Abandoned Rape Kits Teen Vogue Lauren Rearick December 21, 2017
Research from AG’s Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative Helps Highlight Best Practices in Rape Kit Forensic Testing Circleville Herald Jennifer Bahney December 20, 2017
APD to Hire Retired Investigators to Help with Sexual Assault Cases KXAN KXAN Staff December 19, 2017
These Detroit Rape Kit Statistics Could Mean There Are 29,000 Unknown Serial Rapists In The U.S. Bustle Virginia Chamlee December 19, 2017
Detroit's Rape Kit Backlog Identified More Than 800 Serial Rapists Daily Dot Samantha Grasso December 19, 2017
Untested Rape Kits Hid 817 Serial Predators in Detroit, Tens of Thousands More Concealed in Backlog Across U.S. Newsweek Josh Saul December 19, 2017
Two Federal Grants Will Process Connecticut's Backlog Of Sexual Assault Kits New England Public Radio Ray Hardman December 18, 2017
Sheriff's Office New Policy Will Affect All Rape Kits Collected Fox29 Yami Virgin December 18, 2017
Test of Old Rape Kit Leads to Indictment of Man on Sexual Assault Charges AZ Family Catherine Holland December 18, 2017
Kaffer: 8 Years into Tests of Abandoned Rape Kits, Worthy Works for Justice Detroit Free Press Nancy Kaffer December 17, 2017
State Receives $2.6 Million In Grants To Clear Backlog In Testing Of Rape Kits Hartford Courant David Owens December 15, 2017
State Mandated Review of Juneau’s Untested Sexual Assault Kits Is Underway KTOO Matt Miller December 15, 2017


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