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
FDLE: More than 1,000 SWFL rape kits, thousands statewide, remain untested WINK News January 4, 2016
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
The law mandates rape exams — but the right training to conduct them is just as vital The Washington Post Terri Slapak-Fugate May 19, 2016
America, test all the rape kits Washington Post Editorial Board September 16, 2015
You Have to Drive An Hour for a Rape Kit in Rural America Washington Post Danielle Paquette April 19, 2016
Bill Cosby might have changed the way police investigate rape Washington Post Danielle Paquette February 2, 2016
Local man sentenced to 40 years in prison for 2 burglaries, sexual assault Washington Post Keith L. Alexander and Victoria St. Martin January 8, 2016
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
Insult to injury: Some victims still charged for 'rape kits' RT December 23, 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
Ammandale man arrested for child pornography is a 'person of interest' in Jacob Wetterling abduction MinnPost Joe Kimball October 29, 2015
Minnesota should require all jurisdictions to test all rape kits MinnPost Dr. Steven H. Miles December 10, 2015

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