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 Georgia law making a dent in the number of untested rape kits The Brookhaven Post Trey Benton December 5, 2016
Local agencies unite to address backlog of sexual assault kits, community response Local 15 TV Keith Lane December 5, 2016
Mobile police aim to get justice for rape victims with their 'Promise Initiative' AL.com Prescotte Stokes III December 5, 2016
What Happens to Rape Victims? The Austin Chronicle Kathryn Lundstrom December 2, 2016
Thousands of rape kits remain untested nationwide; rape survivor pushes to end the backlog KATC.com Kendria LaFleur December 1, 2016
New law requires timely rape-kit testing in New York USA Today Jon Campbell November 30, 2016
Idaho rape kits will have tracking software KMVT Jess Knight November 30, 2016
Rape kit audit results to be released next week Carlsbad Current-Argus Maddy Hayden November 30, 2016
Police and Survivor Advocates Slowly Churn Through a Backlog of Forgotten Rape Kits Flagpole Kat Khoury November 30, 2016
Convicted killer, 42, gets 20 more years after pleading guilty to 1998 Bronx rape, murder of 14-year-old girl NY Daily News Ben Kochman November 29, 2016
Editorial: Threat of jail may get Utah crime lab's attention The Salt Lake Tribune The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board November 29, 2016
Once-shelved evidence of child sexual assaults yields DNA hits The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Rhonda Cook November 29, 2016
This Training Helps Nurses Treat Sexual Assault Survivors With Life-Changing Results Elite Daily Alexandra Svokos November 29, 2016
California law gives hope to rape, sexual assault victims Ventura County Star Marjorie Hernandez November 29, 2016
Why Rape Kits Are Crucial In The Fight Against Sexual Assault Elite Daily Alexia LaFata November 28, 2016
State law change expedites process for sexual assault exam kits Gainesville Times Nick Watson November 27, 2016
Akron man convicted of killing Iraq War veteran sentenced in 2000 rape Cleveland.com Kaylee Remington November 23, 2016
County Prosecutors To Review Reported Rapes Determined To Be Unfounded by Police Bethesda Magazine Andrew Metcalf November 22, 2016
First batch of untested rape kits from around the state could be tested mid-2017 Billings Gazette Holly Michels November 20, 2016
Next steps for Tim Fox sexual assault task force KTVH Lindsey Ford November 18, 2016
Op-ed: Update law so labs can use Rapid DNA to solve crimes faster The Salt Lake Tribune Jay Henry November 18, 2016
DNA Testing for Nearly 5,000 Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kits Now Completed Cleveland Patch Chris Mosby November 16, 2016
OH AG on rape kits: 'Now hundreds of people, including serial rapists, are being held accountable' Cleveland 19 News Cleveland 19 Digital Team November 16, 2016
11-year-old girl's kidnapping and rape solved by DNA from a discarded water bottle, police say Los Angeles Times Joseph Serna November 16, 2016
State crime lab finished testing nearly 5,000 older Cuyahoga County rape kits Cleveland Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell November 16, 2016

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