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
Worthy says everyone should be worried about untested Detroit rape kits The Macomb Daily Jameson Cook May 15, 2014
Huge DOJ Study on Rape Exams: We Have Work to Do Slate Katy Waldman May 14, 2014
Slow Rape Kit Results Leave Victims Few Effective Places To Turn NPR: All Things Considered Carrie Johnson May 14, 2014
DNA match leads to charges in 1995 attack in St. Louis, police say St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis Post-Dispatch Staff May 14, 2014
400,000 rape kits sitting untested nationwide USA Today USA Today Online May 14, 2014
Phoenix PD: DNA leads to arrest in '06 sex assault case CBS 5 AZ Steve Stout May 13, 2014
Rape Kit Testing Reveals Serial Rapists Walking Free WREG Memphis Michele Reese and Ashley Crockett May 7, 2014
Changes to Law Aim to Help Rape Victims KUTV 2News Cristina Flores May 7, 2014
SLC rape kits discussion tense, moves toward cooperation The Salt Lake Tribune Christopher Smart May 7, 2014
Norris Defends Rape Kit Backlog Approach The Memphis Daily News Bill Dries May 7, 2014
Parkinson, White compare notes across aisle The Memphis Daily News Bill Dries May 6, 2014
Ohio man charged with 5 cold case rapes, murder SFGate Associated Press May 3, 2014
Attorney General DeWine Releases May Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative Update Ohio Attorney General News Release Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine May 2, 2014
100 Cuyahoga County rape kit indictments: Share your comments and ask questions The Cleveland Plain Dealer Leila Atassi and Rachel Dissell May 2, 2014
Rape kit indictment 100: Larry McGowan accused of raping 5 Cleveland women and killing 1 The Cleveland Plain Dealer Leila Atassi and Rachel Dissell May 2, 2014
VAWA 2005 and Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams: Kit Storage Issues Urban Institute, National Institute of Justice Lisa Newmark, Janine Zweig, Megan Denverm, Darakshan Raja May 1, 2014
Bill requiring prompt testing of rape kits may have unintended consequences The Morning Sun Randi Shaffer April 29, 2014
Rape Kit Backlog Report Tracks Complex Path The Memphis Daily News Bill Dries April 29, 2014
Bill would track untested rape kits Houma Today Jordan Gribble April 26, 2014
Bill mandates deadlines for rape kit testing Michigan Public Radio Virginia Gordan April 24, 2014
Cornyn: It's time for sexual assault victims to find justice in U.S. The Houston Chronicle Senator John Cornyn April 23, 2014
Michigan lawmakers support bill to require prompt testing of rape kits Detroit Free Press Paul Egan April 23, 2014
Victims wait as rape kits go untested WTNH News 8 WTNH.com Staff April 23, 2014
Oldham Catches Criticism for County’s Rape Kit Backlog The Memphis Daily News Bill Dries April 22, 2014
Michigan House Bill 5445 Michigan State Legislature Bert Johnson April 22, 2014

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