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
Failure to test DNA let Cordova serial rapist continue attacks for decade The Commercial Appeal Marc Perrusquia March 21, 2014
Bill would require study of rape kit backlog in Louisiana Lauren McGaughy March 18, 2014
State Senate Approves Bill To Eliminate Statute Of Limitations For Rape Cases WREG Memphis Michele Reese March 13, 2014
Not all rape kits are processed for DNA in Hawaii Hawaii News Now Jim Mendoza March 12, 2014
Lawmakers Discuss How To Deal With Utah's Backlog Of Rape Kits Salt Lake City Weekly Eric S. Peterson March 5, 2014
Louisiana Senate Bill 296 Louisiana State Legislature Senator J.P. Morrell February 27, 2014
State program analyzes untested rape kits Canton Rep Ed Balint February 26, 2014
400,000 untested rape kits nationwide; Strict rape kit procedure leaves little room for error in Western Mass sexual assault cases WWLP 22 Georgie Godfrey February 26, 2014
Quisi Bryan trial raises questions about how to balance justice, public safety and victims' rights in rape cases The Cleveland Plain Dealer Rachel Dissell February 26, 2014
State Bills Would Tackle Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits Associated Press Lucas L. Johnson II February 23, 2014
Ending the Rape Kit Backlog Women's Media Center Marcia G. Yerman February 21, 2014
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


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