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
Delay of shame: No excuse for backlog in police testing of rape kits Pittsburgh Post Gazzette Editorial Board May 16, 2016
New law helps sexual assault victims track rape kits KEPR TV Hannah Vogel May 16, 2016
Bill mandating rape-kit data clears California Assembly Mercury News Alison Noon May 12, 2016
Virginia provides nationwide model for testing rape kits CBS 6 Local News Capitol News Service May 5, 2016
Working to eradicate backlog of rape kits awaiting tests NewsWorks May 5, 2016
State Auditor Tim Keller Launches Statewide “Rape Kit” Backlog Audit Office of the New Mexico State Auditor May 5, 2016
State audit report of unprocessed sexual assault kits expected The Times May 5, 2016
Could Untested Rape Kits Help Catch Serial Offenders? Fox News Local Shae Rozzi May 5, 2016
Auditor General DePasquale Plans Special Report on 1,852 Backlogged Untested Rape Kits Reported to Department of Health Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General May 4, 2016
My Turn: Survivors of Sexual Assault Deserve Justice Concord Monitor U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen April 28, 2016
'Tag team' serial rapists will serve 30-year prison terms for 3 rapes solved by testing rape kits Rachel Dissell April 28, 2016
The long, strange trip of Georgia’s rape kit bill Greg Bluestein April 26, 2016
Gov. Rick Scott gets personal in calling attention to backlog of untested rape kits Miami Herald Jeremy Wallace April 21, 2016
SF Police Told To Submit Regular Reports On Rape-Kit Backlog San Francisco Gate Vivian Ho April 21, 2016
Victims' Group: SD Rape Kit Testing Law a Mixed Bag Public News Service April 20, 2016
You Have to Drive An Hour for a Rape Kit in Rural America Washington Post Danielle Paquette April 19, 2016
Helping Sexual Assault Victims Find Justice The Crime Report Katti Gray April 18, 2016
AG: 1st case tied to rape kits left in warehouse leads to conviction Lansing State Journal April 17, 2016
Audit Finds WA Hospitals Not Staffed to Conduct Rape Exams KREM Linda Byron April 14, 2016
Rape survivor's letter moves Va. lawmakers to adopt new law on storing and testing evidence Richmond Times Dispatch Michael Martz April 14, 2016
Governor Signs Rape Kit Legislation Today ABC 13 News Now April 14, 2016
Why Rape Kits Were Being Destroyed in Utah Good4Utah Kim Fischer April 12, 2016
As rape kits get tested, survivors urged to come forward KOIN 6 Amy Frazier April 12, 2016
Kansas making steps toward ending rape kit backlog The Sunflower at Wichita State University TJ Rigg April 12, 2016


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