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
Untested Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases: Using Research to Guide Policy and Practice National Institute of Justice Nancy Ritter January 1, 2013
Oregon Sexual Assault Examiner (SAE)/ Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Certification Commission Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner January 1, 2013
Years delayed, Detroit starts testing rape kits for evidence NPR WlRN Florida Editorial Staff December 29, 2012
Most government hospitals don't use WHO-approved rape kits Mid Day Naveen Nair December 22, 2012
McNulty hones in on untested rape kits Our Colorado News Ryan Boldrey December 19, 2012
Few rape kits tested in Colorado; Police say it's not necessary, victims think otherwise ABC7 Denver Keli Rabon December 11, 2012
Florida university receives grant for rape kit testing technology Law Office December 5, 2012
Bill to end rape kit backlog introduced in Congress ABC News Mary Hathaway December 4, 2012
Thousands of rape kits are sitting in crime labs untested AOL News Angela Taylor November 21, 2012
Lawmakers, law enforcement take action after ABC15 rape kits investigation ABC15 Dave Biscobing, Lauren Gilger November 21, 2012
Dozens Of Untested Rape Kits Found In Police Evidence Room AOL News - WGN Tom Negovan November 21, 2012
Fort Collins PD changes rape kit testing policy ABC7 Denver Keli Rabon November 19, 2012
ABC15 investigation uncovers thousands of rape kits left untested by Vallet law enforcement ABC15 Dave Biscobing, Lauren Gilger November 12, 2012
Outrageous policies toward rape victims: want a real reason to be outraged? The New York TImes Nicholas D. Kristof October 27, 2012
Lawmakers visit Midland to address rape kit backlog CBS7 West Texas Shannon Murray October 10, 2012
Legislative efforts to address the rape kit backlog National Alliance to End Sexual Assault National Alliance to End Sexual Assault October 1, 2012
Officials cross party lines to aid sexual assault victims Amarillo Globe News Brittany Nunn September 23, 2012
Bipartisan bill to reduce rape kit backlog receives unanimous support from Senate Judiciary Committee Michael F. Bennet United States Senator Colorado Michael F. Bennet United States Senator Colorado September 20, 2012
Rapists, beware: Detroit prosecutors ID 21 attackers in 'rape kit' investigation The Daily Beast Abigail Pesta August 28, 2012
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
Sexual assault victims charged up to $1,200 In Wisconsin for cost of their rape kits Think Progress Scott Keyes July 30, 2012
NY group offers grant to reduce rape kit backlog The Huffington Post July 24, 2012
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
Ending backlog of unprocessed rape evidence Post News Group Spencer Whitney July 10, 2012


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