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
Lab analysis took more than a year to link Baltimore man to rape The Baltimore Sun Justin Fenton February 20, 2014
San Francisco Police Dept. finds hundreds of untested rape kits ABC 7 Dan Noyes February 20, 2014
Memphis City Council allocates $1 million toward rape kit testing The Commercial Appeal Daniel Connolly February 18, 2014
Guest column: End to rape kit backlog will serve healing The Commercial Appeal AC Wharton and Sarah Tofte February 17, 2014
Backlog of rape kits to cost Memphis $6.5M, take 5 years to test, Wharton says The Commercial Appeal Marc Perrusquia February 12, 2014
Serial Rapists Could Be Walking Free In Memphis WREG Memphis Jessica Gertler February 12, 2014
Rape Kit Backlog Plan Outlined Memphis Daily News Bill Dries February 12, 2014
Memphis has largest backlog of untested rape kits in the US WMCTV 5 Kontji Anthony February 12, 2014
Hollywood police find untested rape kits in evidence room refrigerator Sun Sentinel Susannah Bryan February 10, 2014
Maryland House Bill 1341: Sexual Assault Survivors' Right to Know Act Maryland State Legislature Heather R. Mizeur February 7, 2014
Shock find of rape kits at Berlin station The Daily Dispatch Vuvu Vena February 6, 2014
Clear California's rape kit testing backlog San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board February 5, 2014
Rape kit backlog leaves victims in fear San Francisco Chronicle Melody Gutierrez February 4, 2014
5 Ways to Help End Rape in Alaska CNN John Sutter February 4, 2014
Judge outraged by untested rape kits delaying justice WMCTV 5 Andrew Douglas January 31, 2014
First of 21 "John Does" sought from rape kit DNA identified WCPO 9 Cincinnati NewsNet5 Staff January 31, 2014
Man sentenced for rape more than decade after assault WMCTV 5 WMCTV Staff January 29, 2014
Tested at Last, Rape Kits Give Evidence to Victims' Stories NPR: All Things Considered NPR Staff January 26, 2014
City Gives Council Vague Update On Thousands Of Untested Rape Kits WREG Memphis Adam Hammond January 21, 2014
Local lawmaker proposes bill to address untested rape kits ABC 7 Dan Noyes January 20, 2014
Virginia Legislature Senate Bill 658 Virginia General Assembly Richard H. Black and Adam Ebbin January 17, 2014
New police tool to fight for victims of rape ABC13 Demond Fernandez January 17, 2014
Oklahoma Legislature Senate Bill 2041 Oklahoma State Legislature Constance Johnson January 16, 2014
New Jersey Legislature Assembly Bill 1084 New Jersey State Legislature Valerie Vainieri Huttle January 16, 2014
California Legislature Assembly Bill 1517 California State Legislature Nancy Skinner January 16, 2014


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