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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.

EndTheBacklogMarch 16, 2017

Legislators Must Fund Rape Kit Reform

As a growing number of states seek to address their backlogs, some legislators have embraced creative approaches to finding funding for rape kit reform. While states can consider alternate funding measures to support public safety, it remains the duty of the legislature to use general funds to correct the injustice of untested rape kits.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGJune 11, 2015

U.S. Senate Committee Approves $41 Million for Rape Kit Reform

Joyful Heart praised the Senate Committee on Appropriations' inclusion of $41 million in funding for the Justice Department' sexual assault response initiative in their FY16 funding bill.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGJune 3, 2015

House Approves $45 Million for Rape Kit Reform

The Joyful Heart Foundation expressed its gratitude to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives who included $45 million to address the nation’s rape kit backlog in the FY16 spending bill, which passed today.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGApril 29, 2015

Reminder: Grant opportunities to address the rape kit backlog are still open

There is still time to apply for the New York District Attorney's Office's (DANY) Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Grant Program, which will provide $35 million in grants to jurisdictions addressing their backlogs of untested rape kits.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGApril 16, 2015

Manhattan District Attorney Hosts Webinar on Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Grant Program

On Monday, April 20th at 11:00am ET, the New York District Attorney's Office (DANY) will host a webinar on its Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Grant Program.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGApril 1, 2015

Reform Is Happening

With its $35 million investment, the New York District Attorney’s Office will help communities achieve the results that rape kit testing has shown to bring time and time again: safety, justice and healing.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMarch 16, 2015

FACT SHEET: Investments to Reduce the National Rape Kit Backlog and Combat Violence Against Women

Today, Vice President Biden will deliver remarks in Maryland to highlight the Administration’s new Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, which is investing $41 million this year to help communities accelerate testing of the estimated 400,000 rape kits that have been backlogged in law enforcement storage rooms and crime labs across the country.

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