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.

Titlesort ascending Source Author(s) Post Date
Years delayed, Detroit starts testing rape kits for evidence NPR WlRN Florida Editorial Staff December 29, 2012
Wrestler Mick Foley hits the hill for rape kit legislation Talking Points Memo Megan Carpentier November 9, 2010
Working through a backlog of sexual assaults cases in New Orleans The Times-Picayune January 7, 2011
Work to end the rape kit backlog The Tampa Tribune Sarah Tofte August 30, 2013
Woman's lawsuit claims Harvey failed to test rape kit Chicago Tribune Dawn Rhodes March 22, 2012
Why rapists have a 76 percent chance of getting away with the crime The Birmingham News Sarah Tofte August 25, 2013
Why Are These Rapes Still Unsolved? The Daily Beast Linda Fairstein September 28, 2010
Weekly Wrap Up: Rape Kit Backlog 4WomenWorldwide Shelley Seyler January 29, 2011
Wayne County Prosecutor's Office works to test 11,000 Detroit rape kits to reveal suspects Click On Detroit Chauncey Glover August 30, 2013
Wayne County must put safety of its communities first: Sarah Tofte Detroit Free Press Sarah Tofte June 6, 2013
Virginia Legislature Senate Bill 658 Virginia General Assembly Richard H. Black and Adam Ebbin January 17, 2014
Victims wait on untested rape kits The Tennessean Brian Haas April 14, 2014
Victimizations not reported to the police, 2006-2010 U.S. Department of Justice Lynn Langton, Marcus Berzofsky, Christopher Krebs, Hope Smiley-McDonald August 1, 2012
Vetoing Justice for Rape Victims The Huffington Post Sarah Tofte October 16, 2009
Update On Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Shows Progress WREG Memphis Katie Rufener April 15, 2014
Untested rape kits submitted to BCI exceeds 5,000 kits Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine Ohio Attorney General News Release January 2, 2014
Untested rape kits pile up in Davenport evidence room Quad-City Times Brian Wellner January 22, 2013
Untested rape kits merit focus My San Antonio Editorial Staff April 26, 2012
Untested rape kits lead to more crimes CBS News Armen Keteyian and Laura Strickler November 10, 2009
Untested rape kits closer to being tested after bill prompted by CALL7 Investigation passes cmte. ABC7 Denver Keli Rabon, Tak Landrock March 8, 2013
Unprocessed justice: investigating the rape kit backlog CBS7 West Texas Shannon Murray July 23, 2012
Treatment for rape without insurance costs more than some good used cars Jezebel Anna Breslaw July 21, 2012
To Unclog the Backlog, Craig Watkins Joins In Fight Against Rape Kit Insanity With SANE Dallas Observer Andrea Grimes November 2, 2010
To catch a rapist: the true saga of an evidence backlog The Santa Barbara Independent Susan Rose July 11, 2013
TN legislature to take on untested rape kits WREG Memphis Adam Hammond January 9, 2014


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