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The Backlog


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.

End The BacklogOctober 17, 2016

Here’s What You Should Know About the Changes to our Website

If you’ve been to our website before, you might have noticed that we’ve made a few changes.


THE BACKLOG BLOGSeptember 27, 2016

Test Rape Kits. Stop Serial Rapists.

Cleveland, Detroit and Memphis are all cities that discovered backlogs of untested rape kits. Testing these rape kits has resulted in the identification of more than 1,200 potential serial rapists.


END THE BACKLOGSeptember 26, 2016

Joyful Heart Foundation Applauds $38 Million Awarded to Support Comprehensive Rape Kit Reform

The federal government announces more than $38 million in grants to support community-based rape kit reform efforts.


END THE BACKLOGSeptember 20, 2016

The Honolulu Star Advertiser: Police miss deadline on rape kits

All four of Hawaii’s county police departments have failed to comply with the Sept. 1 deadline.


END THE BACKLOGAugust 18, 2016

U.S. DOJ Finds Baltimore Police Failed Sexual Assault Survivors

In a report released this month, the U.S. Department of Justice criticized the Baltimore Police Department for violating the constitutional and legal rights of Baltimore residents.



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