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
Victims wait as rape kits go untested WTNH News 8 Staff April 23, 2014
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
Rape kit's testing leads to arrest in 2006 assault on teenager in Hollywood Sun-Sentinel Wayne K. Roustan August 6, 2014
Shock find of rape kits at Berlin station The Daily Dispatch Vuvu Vena February 6, 2014
Bill mandates deadlines for rape kit testing Michigan Public Radio Virginia Gordan April 24, 2014
Hundreds of rape kits inside Jackson Police Dept. WBBJ-TV Victoria Taylor June 19, 2014
New Jersey Legislature Assembly Bill 1084 New Jersey State Legislature Valerie Vainieri Huttle January 16, 2014
400,000 rape kits sitting untested nationwide USA Today USA Today Online May 14, 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 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
Man guilty of 26 year-old rape and kidnapping in Andover The Newbury Current The Newbury Current Staff May 19, 2014
From the Daily: Alleviating injustice The Michigan Daily The Michigan Daily June 18, 2014
Rape Evidence Backlog The New York Times The Editorial Board June 28, 2014
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
Sen. Thatcher: There Is No Rape Kit Backlog Utah Public Radio Taylor Halversen June 24, 2014
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 tackling issue of untested rape kits Sun Sentinel Susannah Bryan and Linda Trischitta June 23, 2014
Hollywood police find untested rape kits in evidence room refrigerator Sun Sentinel Susannah Bryan February 10, 2014


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