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 descending
The 2007 Survey of Law Enforcement Forensic Evidence Processing U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice Kevin J. Strom, et al. October 1, 2009
Vetoing Justice for Rape Victims The Huffington Post Sarah Tofte October 16, 2009
Rape Kit Gets First Update In 20 Years New York 1 NY1 News October 22, 2009
Rape in America: Justice Denied CBS News Armen Keteyian and Laura Strickler November 9, 2009
Thousands of rape kits wait to be tested CBS News Laura Strickler November 10, 2009
Untested rape kits lead to more crimes CBS News Armen Keteyian and Laura Strickler November 10, 2009
Kym Worthy, Congress take aim at backlog of untested rape kits The Examiner Robert Brignall November 11, 2009
Respect for Rape Victims The New York Times Editorial Board November 13, 2009
City Changes Policy in Wake of CBS Report CBS News Laura Strickler November 17, 2009
CBS Finds More Rape Kits Sit Untested CBSnews.com Laura Strickler December 2, 2009
Rape Victim Takes Justice Plea to Senate CBS News Armen Keteyian December 15, 2009
DNA backlog grows with LAPD lab hiring on hold Los Angeles Times Joel Rubin January 16, 2010
City Breaks Its Promise to Victims of Rape The Huffington Post Sarah Tofte January 21, 2010
Michigan domestic violence group gets grant to analyze untested rape kits at Detroit Police Department Mlive.com Associated Press February 7, 2010
Lobbying to Reduce the Rape Kit Backlog CBSNews.com Laura Strickler March 24, 2010
Planned Cuyahoga County crime lab might test rape kits from Cleveland police The Cleveland Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell, Leila Atassi May 9, 2010
Eliminating the Rape Kit Backlog: A Roundtable to Explore a Victim-Centered Approach Office on Violence Against Women May 11, 2010
Illinois' New Rape Kit Law First of its Kind in the Nation The Huffington Post Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General July 6, 2010
Illinois Sexual Assault Evidence Submission Act Illinois State Legislature Pat Quinn July 6, 2010
New Illinois law requires analysis of rape kits St. Louis Post-Dispatch Associated Press July 7, 2010
Report shows many rape kits not tested ABC7 Chicago Leah Hope July 8, 2010
Law Came Too Late for Some Rape Victims The New York Times Kari Lydersen July 8, 2010
MSU to Study Time Needed to Clear Rape Kit Backlog Forensic Magazine The Detroit News July 9, 2010
Cleveland police chief says all new rape kits will be tested; count of older, untested kits continues The Cleveland Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell July 23, 2010
Making Us SAFER: A Bill to Reduce Rape Kit Backlog Ms. Magazine Stephanie Hallett August 11, 2010

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