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 BLOGNovember 6, 2014
We sometimes hear from jurisdictions that they don’t consider the untested rape kits in their storage facilities to be part of a backlog—that officials actively chose not to test those kits. These jurisdictions fail to see the value of testing every kit booked into evidence, particularly when the identity of the perpetrator is known.
THE BACKLOG BLOGNovember 3, 2014
A recent audit in California, which closely examined practices in three of the state’s largest metropolitan areas, revealed that over half of the sexual assault kits collected between 2011 and 2013 were never analyzed by crime labs.
THE BACKLOG BLOGOctober 30, 2014
We often hear a variety of reasons why all kits should not be tested. A recent explanation, however, was one we had not heard before. In listing instances in which kits were not sent for testing, documents from one department stated, “No male suspect.” Upon further investigation, we learned this notation meant the case was “a female on female sex crime.”
THE BACKLOG BLOGOctober 3, 2014
Information was gathered through public records requests.
THE BACKLOG BLOGSeptember 15, 2014
The untested kits date back to 1985.