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
Denver man imprisoned for decades on rape charge and awaiting release faced legal failures Star Tribune Colleen Slevin December 18, 2015
Guatemalan man gets prison time for two sexual assaults NJ.com Anna Merriman December 17, 2015
Nevada lawmakers allocate funds to test rape kits Reno Gazette-Journal Ken Ritter December 17, 2015
Editorial: Let's hope Winter Haven's success is emulated The Ledger December 17, 2015
$41 Million for Rape-Kit Processing in Omnibus Spending Bill Nonprofit Quarterly Ruth McCambridge December 17, 2015
Florida Hospital Wouldn't Administer Rape Kit, Gets Off With $2,000 Fine Glamour Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy December 17, 2015
Attorney General Appoints Final Members of Sexual Assault Evidence Task Force Montana Public Radio Corin Cates-Carney December 17, 2015
Newly tested rape kit from 2009 leads to arrest WTSP Mike Deeson December 16, 2015
Cohen Announces Additional Funds For Rape Kit Testing Local Memphis December 16, 2015
Congress slated to increase rape kit funding by $45M USA Today Steve Reilly December 16, 2015
Legislative committees OKs using $3.7 million in grants, settlement funds to clear rape-kit backlog Las Vegas Review-Journal Sandra Chereb December 16, 2015
Hillsborough commissioners to Gov. Rick Scott: Address untested rape kits now Tampa Bay Times Steve Contorno December 16, 2015
Mass. eyeing software to track rape evidence Telegram.com Jim Haddadin December 16, 2015
DNA evidence links suspect to beating crime 6 years later News 2 SC Associated Press December 16, 2015
Lawmakers Asked To Allocate Funds To Clear Rape Kit Backlog Nevada Public Radio Associated Press December 16, 2015
Ledger records request leads to arrest: Lakeland man's DNA found in 6-year-old case The Ledger Clifford Parody December 15, 2015
Funding accepted to help reduce backlog of untested sexual assault kits in Flint Daily Journal Associated Press December 15, 2015
$1.3M will help clear Flint backlog of untested sexual assault kits MLive.com Ron Fonger December 15, 2015
New Memphis Rape-Kit Facility a Model for Other Cities Nonprofit Quarterly Shafaq Hasan December 15, 2015
Justice Department Issues Guidance on Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence U.S. Department of Justice December 15, 2015
For Detroit rape victim, journey to justice arduous The Detroit News Laura Berman December 15, 2015
As Tipton pleads not guilty, rape victim hopes new charges will bring justice Montana Standard Jayme Fraser and Ashley Nerbovig December 14, 2015
'I was begging for my life,' victim testifies at East Pennsboro Twp. rape-at-gunpoint case Penn Live Steve Marroni December 14, 2015
Crime lab receiving grant for sexual assault cases FOX 4 Beaumont Haley Bull December 12, 2015
Agencies strategize over rape-kit backlog Herald Dispatch Courtney Hessler December 12, 2015

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