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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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EndTheBacklogFebruary 16, 2017

24 States Introduce Rape Kit Reform Bills

Most states around the country kicked off their legislative sessions last month, and we have already seen a unprecedented flurry of legislative activity to end the backlog: 47 rape kit reform bills have been introduced across 24 states.

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EndTheBacklogJanuary 23, 2017

Guest Post: Pursuing Justice in Pennsylvania

In an End The Backlog exclusive, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale shares his insights on the ongoing rape kit reform effort in Pennsylvania.

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EndTheBacklogNovember 29, 2016

Joyful Heart Foundation Applauds New York Law to Increase Accountability, Transparency for Sexual Assault Survivors

With this bill, New York has joined the growing number of states that have enacted rape kit reform laws.

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END THE BACKLOGNovember 22, 2016

Guest Post: Pursuing Justice for Rape Victims in Georgia

In an End The Backlog exclusive, Representative Scott Holcomb, the champion of Georgia's landmark 2016 rape kit reform bill, shares how rape kit reform came to pass in Georgia.

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END THE BACKLOGNovember 22, 2016

24,000 Untested Rape Kits Reported in 7 States

In recent months, officials in seven states have counted the number of untested rape kits in law enforcement evidence facilities, and reported partial or complete audit results. Their findings? Nearly 24,000 untested rape kits.

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EndTheBacklogOctober 20, 2016

Joyful Heart Foundation Commends Passage of Massachusetts Bill to Increase Transparency for Sexual Assault Survivors

Championed by survivor and activist Amanda Nguyen, the Massachusetts law requires law enforcement or any governmental entity that is responsible for sexual assault forensic evidence to preserve that evidence, including rape kits, for at least 15 years or for the statute of limitations whether or not a victim chooses to report to law enforcement.

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EndTheBacklogOctober 17, 2016

Landscape of Reform: State Legislation Enacted in 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.

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