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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.

THE BACKLOG BLOGOctober 28, 2015

Lessons Learned from the Texas Rape Kit Audit

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.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGOctober 28, 2015

Inside Look: Second Annual Sexual Assault Summit for Cities

The Joyful Heart Foundation was honored to participate in the second annual Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Summit for Cities, which convened on October 19 – 20 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGOctober 23, 2015

Inside Kentucky’s statewide audit of untested rape kits

In an #ENDTHEBACKLOG exclusive, Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen shares insights and lessons learned from his office's statewide audit of untested rape kits.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGOctober 7, 2015

ENDTHEBACKLOG News: October 2015

This month, we celebrated the U.S. Department of Justice and Manhattan District Attorney's announcement of nearly $80M in funding to address untested rape kits, verified the number of untested kits in Indianapolis through the Accountability Project and looked at the results from Kentucky's statewide audit of untested sexual assault evidence.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGSeptember 28, 2015

Transparency, Accountability, Reform: The Kentucky Audit Model

On September 21st, Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen announced findings from his office's statewide audit of untested sexual assault evidence, revealing that Kentucky has a backlog of 3,090 kits.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGSeptember 10, 2015

Remarks of Mariska Hargitay on Investment to End the Rape Kit Backlog

Today, Joyful Heart Foundation Founder and President Mariska Hargitay was proud to stand beside Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance as they awarded nearly $80 million in funding for law enforcement agencies to address their backlogs of untested rape kits.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGSeptember 10, 2015

Joyful Heart Foundation Celebrates Nearly $80 Million Awarded to Support Comprehensive Rape Kit Reform

The Joyful Heart Foundation, one of the leading advocacy organizations working toward nationwide rape kit reform, today applauded the awards of nearly $80 million in grants to address the backlog of untested sexual assault kits at law enforcement agencies.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGAugust 28, 2015

Rape Kit Reform in 2015: States Respond to the Crisis

This year brought an unprecedented amount of activity at the state level aimed at reforming rape kit policies. In the 2015 session, 46 pieces of legislation that would address how sexual assault kit evidence is handled were introduced in 25 states, and of those, eleven states enacted bills.

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