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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.

EndTheBacklogJuly 17, 2017

State Coalitions and Survivor-Centered Policies

Today’s guest author is Chris Kaiser, Director of Public Policy and General Counsel at the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA). Texas recently became the first state in the nation to enact all of our six legislative pillars of rape kit reform. Here, Chris shares TAASA’s advocacy efforts to enact a statewide tracking system and ensure policies are survivor-centered.

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EndTheBacklogMarch 16, 2017

Guest Post: My Journey from Survivor to Survivor Advocate

Survivor advocate Michelle Kuiper is a powerful advocate for rape kit reform in Kentucky and across the country. Here, she shares her journey and provides useful advocacy tips for survivors who want to take action.

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END THE BACKLOGApril 6, 2016

Joyful Heart Foundation's New Study on Victim Notification

“Navigating Notification” includes years of research, best practices, and lessons learned.

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END THE BACKLOGApril 6, 2016

Victim Notification Best Practices: Why They Matter

The majority of sexual assault and victims’ rights organizations around the United States support universal testing of rape kits. They have spoken for themselves, and we must now listen. What happens next?

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ENDTHEBACKLOGJune 5, 2014

Senate Continues Landmark Reforms | TAKE ACTION

This morning, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $41 million in its FY2015 Commerce, Justice and Science spending bill to address the rape kit backlog.

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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 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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