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
Proposed Washington Bill Would Require All Rape Kits Be Sent To Crime Lab Within 30 Days KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest Jennifer Wing January 14, 2015
Prosecutor's assault helps fuel her drive for justice Detroit Free Press Rochelle Riley January 11, 2015
Ohio AG: Nearly 6,000 rape kits tested for DNA NewsNet5 ABC The Associated Press January 10, 2015
Man charged with rape after overlooked evidence is discovered Kitsap Sun Rachel Anne Seymour January 9, 2015
Testing rape kits will make Detroit safer Detroit Free Press Andy Arena, Carolyn Cassin and Kym Worthy January 9, 2015
This Group Is Raising Money To Test Decades-Old Rape Kits and Find Justice For Thousands Huffington Post Kate Abby-Lambertz January 8, 2015
Prosecutors fight DNA test in rape case Asbury Park Press Kathleen Hopkins January 8, 2015
Suspect Indicted For Rape & Kidnapping 19 Years Ago WCMH-TV Rick Reitzel January 8, 2015
How could so many rape kits go untested? Detroit Free Press Nancy Kaffer January 7, 2015
Attorney General announces nearly 6,000 sexual assault kits tested Pike County News Watchman Ohio Attorney General's Office January 7, 2015
Serial rapist to be released from prison today hit with charges he raped 3 more women during one month in 2006 The Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell January 7, 2015
Enough SAID: Time to Test Lingering Backlog of Rape Kits WDET-FM WDET-FM interview with President & CEO of Michigan Women's Foundation Carolyn Cassin January 7, 2015
Memphis Lawyer Disqualified in Suit over Evidence Kits The National Law Journal Lisa Hoffman January 7, 2015
Campaign to push for funding to fight rape The Detroit News Jennifer Chambers January 6, 2015
Michigan Women's Foundation leads campaign to raise $10M to test thousands of rape kits Crain's Detroit Business Sherri Welch January 6, 2015
Fund-raising campaign aims at solving Detroit rape cases Detroit Free Press Tresa Baldas January 6, 2015
Judge blocks Robert Spence from rape kit lawsuit The Commercial Appeal Daniel Connelly January 5, 2015
Cities Across the U.S. Are Beginning to Wade Through Rape Kit Backlog Jezebel Ellie Shechet January 5, 2015
DNA links Smyrna man to 2013 rape The News Journal Esteban Parra January 5, 2015
Coast Guard taking sexual allegations seriously 19 Action News 19 Action News Digital Team January 5, 2015
New hope for rape kit testing advocates BBC News Taylor Kate Brown January 4, 2015
Tiger selfie bans and rape kit rules among new laws for 2015 RT January 2, 2015
When is a kit not a kit? Best of New Orleans Alex Woodward December 29, 2014
Untested rape kits to be submitted to state before Jan. 1 KNOE-TV Ayla Ferrone December 29, 2014
Prosecutor: DNA links two felons to Capitol Hill rape KIRO-TV Natasha Chen December 29, 2014

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