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
Sexual assault advocates call for funding to reopen APD DNA lab CBS Austin Juliette Dryer September 1, 2016
Cost Savings and Cost Effectiveness of the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education Mendel Singer September 1, 2016
Hundreds of rape kits submitted to State Crime Lab Komo News Kristen Drew August 31, 2016
How the Critical Shortage of Sexual Assault Nurses Harms Survivors Across the US Broadly Haley Potiker August 31, 2016
Wendy Davis: The Disturbing Reason Why Our Justice System is Failing Sexual Assault Survivors Cosmopolitan Wendy Davis August 30, 2016
3,400 and counting: Governor calls for inventory of untested rape kits in Alaska KTVA Alaska Daniella Rivera August 29, 2016
Editorial: W.Va. needs to get moving on rape kit testing The Herald-Dispatch The Herald-Dispatch Editorial Board August 28, 2016
Woman had to visit 3 hospital emergency rooms before finally being given a rape kit The New York Times Women in the World Staff August 28, 2016
Reader View: Testing of rape kits should be a state priority Santa Fe New Mexican Shelley Waxman August 27, 2016
Maryland's untested rape kits, Baltimore's sex assault investigations are shameful The Washington Post Petula Dvorak August 25, 2016
1 in 10 backlogged Ga. rape kits yield DNA matches, now what? WABE News Lisa Hagen August 24, 2016
Why did it take 9 hours and 3 emergency rooms for this woman to get a rape kit? Cosmopolitan Jillian Keenan August 23, 2016
A community stands up against rape Ebony Kimberly Hayes Taylor August 23, 2016
As state deadline looms, GBI receives more than 3,500 untested rape kits 11 Alive Atlanta Phillip Kish and Kaitlyn Ross August 22, 2016
Sex-crime evidence ignored? Several hundred Charleston-area kits remain untested The Post and Courier Dave Munday August 20, 2016
State auditor: Policy problems, officers' decisions slow rape kit tests The Sante Fe New Mexican Uriel J. Garcia August 19, 2016
Federal judge praises NOPD's progress in sexual assault cases The New Orleans Advocate Jim Mustian August 18, 2016
"Why didn't she go to the police?" Rape culture runs deep in law enforcement The Huffington Post Rebecca Griffin August 16, 2016
Serial rapist pleads guilty to sexual assault charges, will admit to assaulting 8 women CBS 11 KTVA Alaska KTVA CBS 11 News August 15, 2016
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


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