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
Victims wait as rape kits go untested WTNH News 8 WTNH.com Staff April 23, 2014
Rape victims: Indiana is failing RTV 6 ABC Kara Kenney March 27, 2014
Rape kit backlog light in central Indiana RTV 6 ABC Kara Kenney March 27, 2014
Failure to test DNA let Cordova serial rapist continue attacks for decade The Commercial Appeal Marc Perrusquia March 21, 2014
San Francisco Police Dept. finds hundreds of untested rape kits ABC 7 Dan Noyes February 20, 2014
Rape kits found untested at Hollywood PD WSVN News 7 Carmel Cafiero and Danny Cohen January 15, 2014
Several Utah police agencies have stockpiles of unprocessed rape kits The Salt Lake Tribune Erin Albertyand Janelle Stecklein January 3, 2014
Colorado Springs Police have nearly 20% of all untested rape kits in Colorado ABC7 Denver Keli Rabon November 9, 2013
8News Investigates: 400,000 rape kits in U.S. are never tested ABC 8 WRIC Richmond WRIC November 7, 2013
Thousands of rape kits left on evidence shelves unopened KSNV and MyNews3 John Treanor November 1, 2013
Rape kits still untested by TBI WREG 4 Cindy Wolff July 23, 2013
Hank investigates: shocking backlog in DNA testing of rape kits WHDH NBC Hank Phillippi Ryan June 11, 2013
Julie Weil takes her story to lawmakers asking for funds to test backlogged rape kits NBC5 WPTV Shannon Cake May 21, 2013
Lawmakers, law enforcement take action after ABC15 rape kits investigation ABC15 Dave Biscobing, Lauren Gilger November 21, 2012
Thousands of rape kits are sitting in crime labs untested AOL News Angela Taylor November 21, 2012
Fort Collins PD changes rape kit testing policy ABC7 Denver Keli Rabon November 19, 2012
ABC15 investigation uncovers thousands of rape kits left untested by Vallet law enforcement ABC15 Dave Biscobing, Lauren Gilger November 12, 2012
Prosecutor tries to crack thousands of rape cases NPR Michel Martin June 25, 2012
Justice Delayed: A WTOL11 Investigation Toledo News Now Lisa Rotella, Nick Bade February 16, 2012
LA Sheriff SAK Backlog Elimination Program Oct. 2010 Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Dean M. Gialamas October 26, 2010
Eliminating the Rape Kit Backlog: A Roundtable to Explore a Victim-Centered Approach Office on Violence Against Women May 11, 2010
Thousands of rape kits wait to be tested CBS News Laura Strickler November 10, 2009
Rape in America: Justice Denied CBS News Armen Keteyian and Laura Strickler November 9, 2009

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