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
Delayed prosecution in some rape kit cases unfair to defendants, appeals court decides Rachel Dissell July 30, 2015
Rape charges filed after kit is tested 13 years later News Channel 3 George Brown July 30, 2015
Officials: Untested rape kits could cause delays, injustice Floyd County Times Sheldon Compton July 30, 2015
Rape kit tested 13 years later, arrest made 15 years after attack WMAC Action News 5 Kontji Anthony July 30, 2015
Stories clash as trial revives '99 cold case The Journal Gazette Jeff Wiehe July 30, 2015
Rape Kits Go Untested WUNC 91.5 Phoebe Judge & Hady Mawajdeh July 29, 2015
Gov. Scott Walker: What Are You Doing To Clear Rape Kit Backlog? Blue Nation Review Jimmy Williams July 29, 2015
Man arrested in cold case a suspect in 6 rapes Dallas Morning News Naomi Martin July 29, 2015
Opinion: Virginia needs to provide funding to process untested rape kits Daily Press July 29, 2015
Neglected 'rape kits' demoralize victims: Our view USA TODAY Editorial Board July 28, 2015
Victim: Suspect DNA kits need to be tested #TestTheKits ABC 13 News Now Laura Geller July 28, 2015
States with the worst rape kit backlogs Boing Boing Andrea James July 28, 2015
Setback for man suing over wrongful conviction in Lake Co. rape case Chicago Tribune Dan Hinkel July 27, 2015
More than 70,000 sexual assault kits untested San Diego 6 Carlos Correa July 27, 2015
Alderman to hold hearing on untested rape kits Chicago Tribune John Byrne July 27, 2015
Aldermen Decry Backlog in Thousands of Untested Rape Kits DNAinfo Ted Cox July 27, 2015
Florida State Attorney Candidate Calls For Funding To Test Rape Kits WJCT Mary McIntyre July 27, 2015
Alderman To Ask Chicago Police About Unprocessed Rape Kits ABC 7 News Associated Press July 27, 2015
Alderman Call for Answers on Possible Rape Kit Backlog CBS Chicago July 27, 2015
Police scramble to test old rape kits leads to crime backlog Savannah Now Lauren McDonald and Walter Jones July 27, 2015
Push to test old rape kits creates backlog for GBI crime lab Augusta Chronicle Lauren McDonald and Walter Jones July 27, 2015
Victim of the system: One woman's rape kit, possibly other, tested too late to prosecute Rachel Dissell July 26, 2015
Police agencies flood state crime lab with 'rape kits' Online Athens Lauren McDonald and Walter Jones July 26, 2015
The backstory behind the backlog of rape kits at the Tuscon Police Department News 4 Tuscon Domenica Fuller July 25, 2015
Editorial: State should mandate rape kit testing Argus Leader Editorial Board July 25, 2015


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