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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 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 3, 2014

California Audit Reveals Significant Backlog in Major Metropolitan Areas

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.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGAugust 8, 2014

Legislative Roundup: More States Address the Backlog

As legislative sessions have come to an end in states across the country, progress has been made in efforts to address the rape kit backlog.

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ENDTHEBACKLOGJanuary 31, 2014

Progress Ahead as More States Consider Proactive Rape Kit Reforms

As states across the country have opened their legislative sessions since the start of the new year, ENDTHEBACKLOG has been watching closely for rape kit reforms. Starting in 2010, the legislatures in Illinois, Texas and Colorado blazed the trail for mandating the testing of all rape kits booked into police evidence. Other states are beginning to follow their lead to varying degrees.

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ENDTHEBACKLOGSeptember 24, 2013

Rape Kit Backlog Featured on the Katie Couric Show

A courageous survivor named Helena and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy appeared alongside Mariska Hargitay to shed light on the backlog. Helena waited 14 years for justice. Worthy is working to address the backlog of over 11,000 in Detroit.

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ENDTHEBACKLOGAugust 30, 2013

Joyful Heart Presents on Victim Notification at the 2013 National Sexual Assault Conference

At the 2013 National Sexual Assault Conference, Joyful Heart presented a workshop on our research on victim notification and the rape kit backlog, defining victim notification and current practices across the country and walking the audience through the many decisions jurisdictions face when notifying survivors that their rape kits were part of a backlog. They were joined by a panel of experts who have direct experience with notification: Detective James Blocker of the LA Police Department (LAPD), Robert Taylor, Assistant Director of the LA Sheriff's Department (LASD) Crime Lab, and Anne Kinetra, an investigator with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

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EndTheBacklogOctober 20, 2011

Update in California: Governor Vetoes Rape Kit Bill

Governor Jerry Brown has returned Assembly Bill 322 to the California State Assembly without his signature. AB 322 would have established a two-and-a-half-year pilot program to test all rape kits in ten California counties that make arrests in fewer than 12% of reported forcible rapes.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGSeptember 13, 2011

Update: California Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk for Signature

AB 322, California’s new rape kit bill, has been approved in the California State Assembly. It is now awaiting Governor Jerry Brown’s signature.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGSeptember 7, 2011

Update: California Rape Kit Bill Passes in State Senate; Seeks to Create Pilot Program for Processing Kits

A bill aimed at improving the backlog of untested rape kits in California has just passed in the California State Senate with a vote of 37-2. It will now be voted on in the assembly before heading to the Governor’s desk.

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