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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.

EndTheBacklogJuly 17, 2017

State Coalitions and Survivor-Centered Policies

Today’s guest author is Chris Kaiser, Director of Public Policy and General Counsel at the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA). Texas recently became the first state in the nation to enact all of our six legislative pillars of rape kit reform. Here, Chris shares TAASA’s advocacy efforts to enact a statewide tracking system and ensure policies are survivor-centered.

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EndTheBacklogJuly 17, 2017

Survivors' Voices Drive Rape Kit Reform in Texas

Today’s guest author is Wendy Davis, former Texas state senator and founder of the advocacy organization Deeds Not Words. Here, she discusses the rape kit reform laws she sponsored in the Senate and addresses the need for survivors’ voices to drive policy solutions.

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EndTheBacklogMay 12, 2017

Coming Together for Rape Kit Reform in Oklahoma

Danielle Tudor is a survivor and advocate from Oklahoma who has worked on rape kit reform legislation across multiple states. Here, Danielle shares her experience collaborating with stakeholders and elected officials, and, as a member of the task force, her hopes for further reform.

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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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