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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 19, 2017

Rape Kit Tracking System: From Idea to Law

Today’s guest author is Texas State Representative Donna Howard, who has served in the Texas House since 2006, representing District 48 in Travis County. Here, Rep. Howard reflects on the effort to pass H.B. 281, which established a statewide tracking system for rape kits. She writes today’s blog to inspire legislators and advocates across the country.

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EndTheBacklogMarch 8, 2017

Joyful Heart Foundation: Utah is a Model of Bipartisan Cooperation on Rape Kit Reform

H.B. 200, which has now passed both houses of the Utah state legislature, mandates the testing of all rape kits, requires annual reporting on the processing of rape kits, and authorizes the development of a statewide kit tracking system with a victim portal.

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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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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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END THE BACKLOGMarch 16, 2016

Survivor's Story: Julie Weil on Florida's New Rape Kit Law

Survivor and sexual assault advocate Julie Weil describes what Florida's recently passed sexual assault kit legislation, Florida SB 636, means for survivors who have felt like their voices have not been heard.

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END THE BACKLOGMarch 15, 2016

"Melissa's Law" Heads to Oregon Governor

Survivor Brenda Tracy and attorney and advocate Jacqueline Swanson have been working to pass rape kit backlog legislation in Oregon for some time and are overjoyed that Melissa's Law just passed both the Oregon House and Senate with unanimous approval. They describe what this means for survivors across the state.

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END THE BACKLOGFebruary 9, 2016

Legislative Landscape of Rape Kit Reform: 2016

There is a real movement for change occurring right now. Joyful Heart is proud to be part of it by making rape kit testing top advocacy priority. Our goal? A policy for rape kit testing in all 50 states.

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