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END THE BACKLOG 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 END THE BACKLOG 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.

ENDTHEBACKLOGJune 4, 2014

Senate Committee Appropriates $41m for Rape Kit Reform

This new initiative will enable communities to develop a thorough approach to rape kit testing, investigation and prosecution of sexual violence, training for law enforcement and services for survivors.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMay 23, 2014

New Report Explores Funding of Sexual Assault Exams Nationwide

In 2005, Congress amended the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to ensure that states bear the full costs of sexual assault medical forensic exams (MFEs) regardless of whether the survivor reports the assault to law enforcement. Five years later, the National Institute of Justice funded a study to determine whether this requirement is being met.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMay 14, 2014

Take Action: Urge Congress to Provide $36 Million to Help End the Backlog

With a few simple actions, you can let your legislators know how important their work to address the rape kit backlog is to you.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMay 12, 2014

Number of States Seeking to End the Backlog Grows

Over the past several weeks, the colors of the ENDTHEBACKLOG map, which demonstrates everything we currently know about the rape kit backlog nationwide, have been changing.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMay 4, 2014

House of Reps Committee Appropriates $36m for Rape Kit Reform

The FY2015 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill that the House of Representatives released on Tuesday includes $36 million to address rape kit backlogs across the country.

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ENDTHEBACKLOGApril 29, 2014

A Letter to the Members of the U.S. Congress

We the undersigned advocates, members of law enforcement and prosecutors write today to ask that you join us in our effort to give survivors the justice they deserve.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGApril 25, 2014

An Interview with Rachel Dissell and Leila Atassi

Their investigative work with the Cleveland Plain Dealer has explored each facet of the criminal justice response to sexual violence—from rape kit testing to victim re-engagement to prosecution. Read our interview with them.

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