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
Advocates Praise Senate Bill on Sexual Assault Victims' Rights The New York Times Emmarie Huetteman May 24, 2016
A Bill Extending Rights to Rape Survivors Actually Passes the U.S. Senate Nora Caplan-Bricker May 24, 2016
City’s Reduces its “Rape Kit” Backlog The Potero View Rebekah Moan May 23, 2016
Untouched Rape Kits Getting Tested in Washington KREM Jane McCarthy May 23, 2016
Law Aims To Speed Up Sexual Assault Kit Testing Keloland Television Kelli Volk May 20, 2016
Salt Lake police: Hundreds of once-backlogged rape kits now submitted to crime lab Ben Lockhart May 20, 2016
The law mandates rape exams — but the right training to conduct them is just as vital The Washington Post Terri Slapak-Fugate May 19, 2016
The Saga of My Rape Kit The New York Times Emily Winslow May 19, 2016
Gov. Cuomo will push law allowing child-abuse victims to seek justice as adults NY Daily News Kenneth Lovett May 19, 2016
New bill aims to help rape victims rebuffed at hospitals CNN Ashley Fantz, Emanuella Grinberg and Jessica Ravitz May 18, 2016
Victim speaks out about untested rape kits WESH 2 News Bob Kealing May 17, 2016
Detroit man sentenced to at least 25 years in prison tied to 2008 Southfield rape case The Oakland Press John Turk May 17, 2016
Delay of shame: No excuse for backlog in police testing of rape kits Pittsburgh Post Gazzette Editorial Board May 16, 2016
New law helps sexual assault victims track rape kits KEPR TV Hannah Vogel May 16, 2016
Bill mandating rape-kit data clears California Assembly Mercury News Alison Noon May 12, 2016
Virginia provides nationwide model for testing rape kits CBS 6 Local News Capitol News Service May 5, 2016
State Auditor Tim Keller Launches Statewide “Rape Kit” Backlog Audit Office of the New Mexico State Auditor May 5, 2016
Working to eradicate backlog of rape kits awaiting tests NewsWorks May 5, 2016
State audit report of unprocessed sexual assault kits expected The Times May 5, 2016
Could Untested Rape Kits Help Catch Serial Offenders? Fox News Local Shae Rozzi May 5, 2016
Auditor General DePasquale Plans Special Report on 1,852 Backlogged Untested Rape Kits Reported to Department of Health Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General May 4, 2016
My Turn: Survivors of Sexual Assault Deserve Justice Concord Monitor U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen April 28, 2016
'Tag team' serial rapists will serve 30-year prison terms for 3 rapes solved by testing rape kits Rachel Dissell April 28, 2016
The long, strange trip of Georgia’s rape kit bill Greg Bluestein April 26, 2016


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