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
Dozens of rape kits found sitting in Robbins police department CBS2 Chicago Ron Johnson, Brad Edwards February 19, 2013
Dart says Robbins rape kits dating back to '86 sent to Illinois state police Chicago-Sun Times Casey Toner February 19, 2013
Crime lab works to clear backlog of untested rape kits Repository Associated Press February 18, 2013
DNA evidence in untested rape kits may hold the key to solving years-old sexual assault cases The Cleveland Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell February 17, 2013
Prosecutor leads effort to test long-abandoned rape kits, brings justice to victims NBC RockCenter Mario Garcia, Kristen Powers and Jessica Hopper February 15, 2013
Private Contractors Proposed By Mayor To Clear Houston's Rape Kit Backlog NPR KUHF Houston Pat Hernandez February 14, 2013
Mayor announces $4.4 M plan to cut rape kit backlog Houston Chronicle Anita Hassan, Mike Morris February 13, 2013
2,300 untested rape kits sent to state crime lab to help solve Ohio cases ABC5 Cleveland Associated Press February 2, 2013
Untested rape kits pile up in Davenport evidence room Quad-City Times Brian Wellner January 22, 2013
Evidence of rape ignored The New York Times Editorial Staff January 20, 2013
Clearing Texas rape kit backlog brings hefty price tag The Texas Tribune Brandi Grissom January 4, 2013
SAFER Act will help rape victims get justice they deserve The Hill January 2, 2013
Oregon Sexual Assault Examiner (SAE)/ Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Certification Commission Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner January 1, 2013
Years delayed, Detroit starts testing rape kits for evidence NPR WlRN Florida Editorial Staff December 29, 2012
Most government hospitals don't use WHO-approved rape kits Mid Day Naveen Nair December 22, 2012
McNulty hones in on untested rape kits Our Colorado News Ryan Boldrey December 19, 2012
Few rape kits tested in Colorado; Police say it's not necessary, victims think otherwise ABC7 Denver Keli Rabon December 11, 2012
Florida university receives grant for rape kit testing technology Law Office December 5, 2012
Bill to end rape kit backlog introduced in Congress ABC News Mary Hathaway December 4, 2012
Lawmakers, law enforcement take action after ABC15 rape kits investigation ABC15 Dave Biscobing, Lauren Gilger November 21, 2012
Thousands of rape kits are sitting in crime labs untested AOL News Angela Taylor November 21, 2012
Dozens Of Untested Rape Kits Found In Police Evidence Room AOL News - WGN Tom Negovan November 21, 2012
Fort Collins PD changes rape kit testing policy ABC7 Denver Keli Rabon November 19, 2012
ABC15 investigation uncovers thousands of rape kits left untested by Vallet law enforcement ABC15 Dave Biscobing, Lauren Gilger November 12, 2012
Outrageous policies toward rape victims: want a real reason to be outraged? The New York TImes Nicholas D. Kristof October 27, 2012


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