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.
EndTheBacklogOctober 17, 2016
This year, we saw incredible progress in the movement to address the untested rape kit backlog and to ensure justice for sexual assault survivors. In 2016, rape kit reform bills were introduced in 21 states, and 13 states across the country have enacted legislation to date.
THE BACKLOG BLOGMarch 27, 2015
Senate Joint Resolution 20 was delivered to the Governor this month after being passed in both the House and Senate unanimously. This bill requires a state audit of all untested rape kits in the custody of law enforcement agencies.
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.
ENDTHEBACKLOGJune 5, 2014
This morning, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $41 million in its FY2015 Commerce, Justice and Science spending bill to address the rape kit backlog.
ENDTHEBACKLOGJune 4, 2014
This new initiative will enable communities to develop a thorough approach to rape kit testing, investigation and prosecution of sexual violence, training for law enforcement and services for survivors.
THE BACKLOG BLOGMay 12, 2014
Over the past several weeks, the colors of the ENDTHEBACKLOG map, which demonstrates everything we currently know about the rape kit backlog nationwide, have been changing.
ENDTHEBACKLOGJanuary 31, 2014
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.
The New York TimesAugust 2, 2013
Thousands of evidence kits collected from rape victims that have sat untested for years in Texas can now be analyzed, thanks to an $11 million budget appropriation earmarked for the Texas Department of Public Safety.