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 BLOGFebruary 9, 2016
Joyful Heart Foundation Welcomes President Obama's Inclusion of $41 Million for Rape Kit Reform in Budget Request
The Joyful Heart Foundation expressed its gratitude to President Obama for including $41 million in funding for the U.S. Department of Justice’s community-based sexual assault response initiative in the budget proposal released today.
THE BACKLOG BLOGJanuary 20, 2016
Joyful Heart Foundation and Partners File Amicus Brief in Ohio Case That Could Undermine Justice for Rape Survivors
The Joyful Heart Foundation has filed an amicus brief on behalf of the State of Ohio, which is appealing the Ohio Court of Appeals’ decision to use the state’s backlog of untested rape kits in part to dismiss rape and kidnapping charges against an alleged serial rapist.
THE BACKLOG BLOGDecember 18, 2015
This month, we celebrate the inclusion of $45M in the FY16 Federal Spending Bill, announce the expansion of The Accountability Project, spotlight four cities who are working to address the rape kit backlog, and take a look at DOJ's work to prevent gender bias.
THE BACKLOG BLOGNovember 2, 2015
This month, we take an inside look at the 2nd Annual Sexual Assault Kit Summit for Cities and have two featured guest blogs: Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen and Texas Department of Public Safety Assistant Director Skylor Hearn take us inside their states' audit process.
THE BACKLOG BLOGOctober 28, 2015
There are hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits in the United States. To address this problem, many states are in the process of debating, developing or enacting some form of mandatory sexual assault kit legislation. While recent national news articles on this issue may characterize it as a current event, the State of Texas has been working to address this issue for more than four years.