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
New Maryland Laws Would Mean Fewer 'Unfounded' Rape Reports Teen Vogue Brittney McNamara February 14, 2017
Rape Survivor Pushes Changes In Oklahoma Law News 9 Aaron Brilbeck February 13, 2017
Maryland Lawmakers Say Its Rape Laws Need To Change Buzzfeed Alex Campbell and Katie J. M. Baker February 13, 2017
Rape and resistance The Baltimore Sun Baltimore Sun Editorial Board February 13, 2017
Texas drivers could soon help end the backlog of untested rape kits The Dallas Morning News Madlin Mekelburg February 13, 2017
Canadian Police Revisiting More Than 10,000 Dismissed Sexual Assault Cases NPR Camila Domonoske February 13, 2017
How is Wisconsin testing its old sexual assault evidence kits? Here are some questions and answers The Capital Times Katelyn Ferral February 13, 2017
From Oregon to Oklahoma, advocate pushes for rape victim rights News OK Dale Denwalt February 13, 2017
Sexual assault cold cases earn legislators’ attention Kent Reporter Tim Gruver February 10, 2017
Judge denies city’s motion to dismiss rape kit backlog lawsuit WREG Memphis Bridget Chapman February 10, 2017
Now-paralyzed man, 49, admits to 2002 rape after DNA kit match but gets a suspended sentence because he's already in a nursing home The Daily Mail Snejana Farberov February 10, 2017
Idaho committee introduces rape kit retention legislation KIVI TV Associated Press February 10, 2017
State forensics looking to streamline rape kits in Texas KXAN Gigi Barnett February 10, 2017
Now-paralyzed man admits to 2002 rape after rape kit match StarTribune February 10, 2017
'She was a crack fiend' excuse less accepted as rape investigations and prosecutions improve Rachel Dissell February 10, 2017
'Missed opportunities' provide lessons for better rape investigations and prosecutions Rachel Dissell February 10, 2017
DNA links Riverside man to 2001 gang rape in Yucaipa, sheriff’s officials say Redlands Daily Facts Doug Saunders February 10, 2017
Hits found as GBI completes testing of old rape kits involving kids The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Rhonda Cook February 9, 2017
CMPD to get more resources to solve sex crimes WSOC TV Joe Bruno February 9, 2017
Ohio Supreme Court to decide if 37-year-old should be tried for rape he's accused of committing at 13 Rachel Dissell February 9, 2017
Turning point reached in rape kit backlog The Richmond Register Register Staff Report February 9, 2017
Rape kit backlog is not ‘gone,’ as Bevin claimed in speech Lexington Herald-Leader John Cheves February 9, 2017
‘It’s time,’ Utah lawmaker says, to spend $2.4 million to test all sexual assault kits The Salt Lake Tribune Jessica Miller February 8, 2017
Baltimore County announces changes to sex assault investigations The Baltimore Sun Pamela Wood February 8, 2017
Petition to fund untested rape kits surpasses goal February 8, 2017


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