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ENDTHEBACKLOG Media Center

Across the country, the rape kit backlog is making headlines. Journalists are uncovering backlogs, jurisdictions are implementing reforms to track and test rape kits and citizens are taking action. In the Media Center, you'll find the latest information about the backlog, including: commentary from the ENDTHEBACKLOG staff and backlog reformers, first-person testimonials from those impacted by the backlog, an archive of news articles, op-eds, investigative reports, legislation and government publications we've identified, and more.

THE BACKLOG BLOGJune 26, 2015

News Roundup: The High Barriers to Justice

It is estimated that only between 2 and 8% of rape accusations are false. Yet rape victims face one of the steepest barriers to being believed by the criminal justice system, and their cases are the least likely of any violent crime to move forward through prosecution. Several news articles over the past few days illustrate just how steep that barrier can be.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGJune 11, 2015

U.S. Senate Committee Approves $41 Million for Rape Kit Reform

Joyful Heart praised the Senate Committee on Appropriations' inclusion of $41 million in funding for the Justice Department' sexual assault response initiative in their FY16 funding bill.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGJune 3, 2015

House Approves $45 Million for Rape Kit Reform

The Joyful Heart Foundation expressed its gratitude to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives who included $45 million to address the nation’s rape kit backlog in the FY16 spending bill, which passed today.

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ENDTHEBACKLOGMay 20, 2015

Statements for the Senate Judiciary Hearing, "Taking Sexual Assault Seriously: The Rape Kit Backlog and Human Rights"

Sarah Haacke Byrd is testifying before the hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, “Taking Sexual Assault Seriously: The Rape Kit Backlog and Human Rights.” Her testimony, here.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMay 19, 2015

Joyful Heart Releases New Data on Rape Kit Backlogs in Five U.S. Cities

As part of its ongoing effort to identify the number of untested rape kits across the United States, the Joyful Heart Foundation today released information obtained from Charlotte, NC; Jacksonville, FL; Kansas City, MO; Portland, OR and San Diego, CA

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ENDTHEBACKLOGMay 13, 2015

House of Representatives Committee Includes Full Funding for Rape Kit Reform

The Joyful Heart Foundation today praised the House Committee on Appropriations’ inclusion of $41 million in funding for the Justice Department’s community-based sexual assault response initiative in their FY16 Commerce, Justice and Science funding bill.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMay 4, 2015

Interview with Rick Bell: Pt. 3

In our final part of his interview, Rick talks about how Cuyahoga County is moving forward to address their backlog, and how they’re collaborating with other cities that are doing the same.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGApril 29, 2015

Reminder: Grant opportunities to address the rape kit backlog are still open

There is still time to apply for the New York District Attorney's Office's (DANY) Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Grant Program, which will provide $35 million in grants to jurisdictions addressing their backlogs of untested rape kits.

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