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)sort ascending Post Date
8News Investigates: 400,000 rape kits in U.S. are never tested ABC 8 WRIC Richmond WRIC November 7, 2013
Outrage over nationwide rape kit backlog Anderson Cooper 360 Wolf Blitzer May 28, 2013
Man sentenced for rape more than decade after assault WMCTV 5 WMCTV Staff January 29, 2014
Shock find of rape kits at Berlin station The Daily Dispatch Vuvu Vena February 6, 2014
New Jersey Legislature Assembly Bill 1084 New Jersey State Legislature Valerie Vainieri Huttle January 16, 2014
Dozens Of Untested Rape Kits Found In Police Evidence Room AOL News - WGN Tom Negovan November 21, 2012
Many rape kits tested, many more to be done WKYC Tom Beres November 20, 2013
Michigan House approves budget bill aimed at reducing backlog of untested rape kits in Detroit Mlive.com Tim Martin June 6, 2013
Ohio needs a smart statewide policy on processing rape kits: editorial The Cleveland Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer Editorial Board August 25, 2010
MSU to Study Time Needed to Clear Rape Kit Backlog Forensic Magazine The Detroit News July 9, 2010
Texas SB 1636 Texas Legislature Texas Senate September 1, 2011
Extending the Time to Collect DNA in Sexual Assault Cases National Institute of Justice Journal Terry Taylor March 1, 2011
If We Want To Take Sexual Assault Seriously, We Need To Test Thousands Of Rape Kits First ThinkProgress Tara Culp-Ressler December 10, 2013
Illinois Senate approves rape kit testing extension Quad City Times T.J. Fowler April 7, 2014
Hollywood police find untested rape kits in evidence room refrigerator Sun Sentinel Susannah Bryan February 10, 2014
Rape Kit Backlog Hits Primetime on “SVU” Ms. Magazine Susan Rubin October 6, 2010
To catch a rapist: the true saga of an evidence backlog The Santa Barbara Independent Susan Rose July 11, 2013
Making Us SAFER: A Bill to Reduce Rape Kit Backlog Ms. Magazine Stephanie Hallett August 11, 2010
Ending backlog of unprocessed rape evidence Post News Group Spencer Whitney July 10, 2012
Weekly Wrap Up: Rape Kit Backlog 4WomenWorldwide Shelley Seyler January 29, 2011
Unprocessed justice: investigating the rape kit backlog CBS7 West Texas Shannon Murray July 23, 2012
Lawmakers visit Midland to address rape kit backlog CBS7 West Texas Shannon Murray October 10, 2012
Julie Weil takes her story to lawmakers asking for funds to test backlogged rape kits NBC5 WPTV Shannon Cake May 21, 2013
SF Ordinance calls for faster DNA testing Ebar.com Seth Hemmelgarn January 6, 2011
Illinois Senate Bill 2609 Illinois State Legislature Senator Mike Noland April 7, 2014

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