The Backlog

News 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
New law makes changes in investigation and prosecution of rape cases Belleville News-Democrat Beth Hundsdorfer August 15, 2016
Gov. Rauner signs bill to cut down on rape kit backlog ABC News Channel 20 WICS News Team August 13, 2016
Tribune Editorial: Rape investigations must be based on evidence, not hunches The Salt Lake Tribune Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board August 13, 2016
Rape kit reporting bill fails in State Senate CBS SF Bay Area August 12, 2016
For Baltimore rape victims, added pain Washington Post Editorial Board Washington Post Editorial Board August 12, 2016
Utah victim advocates call for evidence over instinct in investigating sex assault The Salt Lake Tribune Alex Stuckey August 12, 2016
Rape Kit Backlog Threatens Justice for Survivors Austin Chronicle Sarah Marloff August 12, 2016
Some women won't 'ever again' report a rape in Baltimore The New York Times Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Jess Bidgood August 11, 2016
Baltimore prosecutor on woman reporting rape: 'Seems like a conniving little whore' The Washington Post Danielle Paquette August 11, 2016
It's time to retire the rape test kit backlog The Huffington Post Fiona Ma August 11, 2016
Justice Department: Baltimore police response to sexual assault is "grossly inadequate" Vox Emily Crockett August 11, 2016
How Baltimore police seriously and systemically failed sexual assault survivors Mother Jones Madison Pauly August 11, 2016
Ohio Attorney General Issues Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative Update for August Cleveland Patch Rick Uldricks August 9, 2016
DA, Congressman Push to Resolve Rape Kit Backlog NBC Bay Area August 5, 2016
Local Police Departments To Get Federal Funds For Rape Kit Tests CBS SF Bay Area August 4, 2016
GBI confirms ten CODIS matches in warehoused rape kits Fox 5 Claire Simms August 2, 2016
Children's Rape Kits Languished at Atlanta Hospitals for Years Atlanta Journal Constitution Rhonda Cook July 29, 2016
Ohio Supreme Court reverses decision in Cleveland rape kit case that drew national attention Rachel Dissell July 28, 2016
Rape Survivors Want Austin Leaders to Make Them a Priority Time Warner Cable News Jeff Stensland July 28, 2016
Answering the nagging questions about those 3,800 untested rape kits Alaska Dispatch News Jill Burke July 28, 2016
Montana Task Force Needs Funds, FBI To Test Rape Kits Montana Public Radio Mara Silvers July 26, 2016
By bringing forgotten rape kits out of storage, Alaska may deliver long-overdue justice Alaska Dispatch News Jill Burke July 25, 2016
Nevada's backlogged rape kits yield 44 hits so far KSNV News3 Las Vegas John Treanor July 20, 2016
A Disturbing Trend: Evidence in Rape Cases Often Goes Untested The Seattle Times Elaine Porterfield July 19, 2016
Colorado eliminates backlog of rape test kits, identifies suspects in hundreds of old cases The Denver Post Noelle Phillips July 16, 2016


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