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 Sourcesort ascending Author(s) Post Date
Rape suspect Melvin Yarbor back behind bars after ABC15 investigation ABC15 Dave Biscobing and Lauren Gilger January 8, 2014
What's In A Rape Kit? Yahoo Healthy Refinery29 March 28, 2015
Millions Earmarked to Clear Massive Rape Kit Backlog Yahoo! Health Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy September 10, 2015
Fact Sheet: The "It's On Us" Campaign Launches new PSA, Marks One-Year Since Launch of "It's On Us" Campaign to End Campus Sexual Assault The White House Office of the Press Secretary September 1, 2015
FACT SHEET: Investments to Reduce the National Rape Kit Backlog and Combat Violence Against Women The White House Office of the Press Secretary March 16, 2015
America, test all the rape kits Washington Post Editorial Board September 16, 2015
State's cold-case initiative pays off with convictions in rape cases Toledo Blade Jennifer Feehan October 5, 2015
Untested Rape Kits: FAQ The Marshall Project Clare Sestanovich February 27, 2015
Survivors Unite to Lift the Veil on the Rape Kit Backlog RAINN October 28, 2014
The Detroit Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Action Research Project (ARP), Final Report U.S. Department of Justice Dr. Rebecca Campbell March 1, 2015
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
Five Things About Sexual Assault Kits U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice April 27, 2015
Making Sense of DNA Backlogs, 2012 - Myths vs. Reality National Institute of Justice Mark Nelson, Ruby Chase, and Lindsay DePalma January 1, 2014
The Road Ahead: Unanalyzed Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases National Institute of Justice Nancy Ritter May 1, 2011
Analysis of Untested Sexual Assault Kits in New Orleans National Institute of Justice Mark Nelson May 1, 2013
New Orleans Sexual Assault Evidence Project: Results and Recommendations National Institute of Justice Nancy Ritter September 1, 2013
Untested Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases: Using Research to Guide Policy and Practice National Institute of Justice Nancy Ritter January 1, 2013
Men's Silence Leads to Abuse The Daily News Kevin Reed June 24, 2015
Rape Kit Testing Leading to Indictments in Memphis Memphis Daily News The Associated Press January 22, 2015
Daily Digest: Council Approves More Rape Kit Testing Funds Memphis Daily News Bill Dries December 18, 2014
Rape Kit Backlog Prompts Court Fight on Two Fronts The Daily News- Memphis Bill Dries August 26, 2014
Louisiana Senate Bill 296 Louisiana State Legislature Senator J.P. Morrell February 27, 2014
Statement Before the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Federal Bureau of Investigation Amy S. Hess June 18, 2015
Aldermen Decry Backlog in Thousands of Untested Rape Kits DNAinfo Ted Cox July 27, 2015
Prosecutor backs expanded DNA testing Boston Globe Evan Allen September 17, 2015


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