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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.

END THE BACKLOGMarch 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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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 BACKLOGMarch 15, 2016

Urgent: Georgia's Rape Kit Reform Bill Is Moving and Needs Your Voice!

The "Pursuing Justice for Rape Victims Act" is a highly supported piece of Georgia legislation brought by Rep. Scott Holcomb to address the untested rape kit backlog. The House of Representatives passed the bill, unanimously. However, it is now seriously threatened in the Senate Health & Human Services Committee.

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END THE BACKLOGFebruary 12, 2016

Joyful Heart Foundation Applauds Hawaii Legislation to Address Rape Kit Backlog

The Joyful Heart Foundation, founded in Kailua-Kona in 2004, today provided testimony in support of House Bill 1907, which would help address the rape kit backlog in Hawai‘i.

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END THE BACKLOGFebruary 9, 2016

Joyful Heart Foundation Welcomes President Obama's Inclusion of $41 Million for Rape Kit Reform in Budget Request

The Joyful Heart Foundation expressed its gratitude to President Obama for including $41 million in funding for the U.S. Department of Justice’s community-based sexual assault response initiative in the budget proposal released today.

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END THE BACKLOGFebruary 9, 2016

ENDTHEBACKLOG News: February 2016

This month, we welcome President Obama's inclusion of $41 million for rape kit reform in his FY17 budget request, look forward at the 2016 legislative session

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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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THE BACKLOG BLOGJanuary 20, 2016

Joyful Heart Foundation and Partners File Amicus Brief in Ohio Case That Could Undermine Justice for Rape Survivors

The Joyful Heart Foundation has filed an amicus brief on behalf of the State of Ohio, which is appealing the Ohio Court of Appeals’ decision to use the state’s backlog of untested rape kits in part to dismiss rape and kidnapping charges against an alleged serial rapist.

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