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 BLOGMay 13, 2015
The Joyful Heart Foundation today praised the House Committee on Appropriations’ inclusion of $41 million in funding for the Justice Department’s community-based sexual assault response initiative in their FY16 Commerce, Justice and Science funding bill.
THE BACKLOG BLOGFebruary 24, 2014
Memphis has made a commitment to address and eliminate the city’s backlog of untested sexual assault kits. And they're not alone in their efforts to tackle the backlog.
THE BACKLOG BLOGFebruary 21, 2014
A problem-solving approach that involves multiple stakeholder groups can be very effective.
ENDTHEBACKLOGDecember 10, 2013
Sukey Novogratz, celebrated philanthropist, amazing mother and impassioned yogi and meditator, has been supporting Joyful Heart since 2009 and has made Joyful Heart’s ENDTHEBACKLOG work possible.
ENDTHEBACKLOGNovember 18, 2013
Last week, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong announced that the agency has more than 12,000 untested rape kits sitting in storage facilities—about 4,000 more than previously reported—and that it will take more than $4 million to process them all.
ENDTHEBACKLOGNovember 7, 2013
Joyful Heart is proud to share with you the new ENDTHEBACKLOG.org, our website dedicated to shining a light on and ending the rape kit backlog—hundreds of thousands of rape kits collected in the aftermath of a sexual assault, sitting untested in police and crime lab storage facilities.