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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 ENDTHEBACKLOG 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.

EndTheBacklogAugust 17, 2016

Remembering Lauren Smith's Passion for Justice

We all like to think we are motivated by a desire to do good and to see justice be done. Our friend Lauren Smith - sadly departed from us last December, too soon - spent her time every day trying to make that kind of difference in the world.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGApril 6, 2016

Victim Notification Best Practices: Why They Matter

The majority of sexual assault and victims’ rights organizations around the United States support universal testing of rape kits. They have spoken for themselves, and we must now listen. What happens next?

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMarch 28, 2016

How Journalists Reporting on the Rape Kit Backlog Deal with Vicarious Trauma

We read hundreds of rape reports—women whose rape kits had been collected with care and then shelved for decades. Their stories stick with us.

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EndTheBacklogMarch 16, 2016

Florida Enacts Law to Test and Track Rape Kits

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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EndTheBacklogMarch 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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THE BACKLOG BLOGFebruary 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 fifty states.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGAugust 28, 2015

Rape Kit Reform in 2015: States Respond to the Crisis

This year brought an unprecedented amount of activity at the state level aimed at reforming rape kit policies. In the 2015 session, 46 pieces of legislation that would address how sexual assault kit evidence is handled were introduced in 25 states, and of those, eleven states enacted bills.

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