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.
EndTheBacklogFebruary 16, 2017
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.
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.
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.