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) Post Datesort ascending
AG: 1st case tied to rape kits left in warehouse leads to conviction Lansing State Journal April 17, 2016
Audit Finds WA Hospitals Not Staffed to Conduct Rape Exams KREM Linda Byron April 14, 2016
Rape survivor's letter moves Va. lawmakers to adopt new law on storing and testing evidence Richmond Times Dispatch Michael Martz April 14, 2016
Governor Signs Rape Kit Legislation Today ABC 13 News Now April 14, 2016
Why Rape Kits Were Being Destroyed in Utah Good4Utah Kim Fischer April 12, 2016
As rape kits get tested, survivors urged to come forward KOIN 6 Amy Frazier April 12, 2016
Kansas making steps toward ending rape kit backlog The Sunflower at Wichita State University TJ Rigg April 12, 2016
Oregon AG: Free counseling for victims of rape, sexual assault KTVZ April 12, 2016
'It's a public safety issue' — Should Utah require all rape kits to be tested? The Salt Lake Tribune Annie Knox and Jessica Miller April 11, 2016
OURS: Rape-kit legislation right step Rapid City Journal April 10, 2016
Every rape kit booked into evidence in Hawaii should be tested by police Honolulu Star Advertiser Kata Issari and Natasha Alexenko April 10, 2016
The Horrifying Consequences of our National Rape Kit Backlog TruthDig Kali Holloway April 8, 2016
BYU Professor Releases Findings on Sexual Assault Kit Study Utah KUTV Heidi Hatch April 7, 2016
How victims are notified about untested rape kits matters, Joyful Heart Foundation report says Rachel Dissell April 7, 2016
How victims are notified about untested rape kits matters, Joyful Heart Foundation report says Rachel Dissell April 7, 2016
Officials Tout Progress Reducing Backlog Untested Rape Kits The Florida Times Union Saphara Harrell April 5, 2016
Editorial: Delaware needs to lead, not follow with rape kits Delaware Online March 29, 2016
Delaware works to find closure after 1,000+ untested rape kits sit on shelves WDel Amy Cherry March 27, 2016
More than 1,000 untested rape kits in Delaware The News Journal Brittany Horn March 27, 2016
Illinois State Police swamped with DNA tests on rapes, murders Chicago Sun Times Frank Main March 27, 2016
Florida ready to tackle rape kit backlog Sun Sentinel Linda Trischitta March 24, 2016
New laws confront unsolved rapes, HIV Miami Herald March 23, 2016
Samantha Bee unleashes hellfire on local officials standing in the way of rape kit testing Vox Emily Crockett March 22, 2016
Sheriff Objects to Testing All Rape Kits Because He Thinks Most Accusations Are False Cosmopolitan Prachi Gupta March 17, 2016
Ga. senator defends move to block rape evidence bill but gets some facts wrong Atlanta Constitution Journal Willoughby Mariano March 16, 2016


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