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.
THE BACKLOG BLOGOctober 28, 2015
The Joyful Heart Foundation was honored to participate in the second annual Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Summit for Cities, which convened on October 19 – 20 in Memphis, Tennessee.
THE BACKLOG BLOGOctober 23, 2015
In an #ENDTHEBACKLOG exclusive, Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen shares insights and lessons learned from his office's statewide audit of untested rape kits.
THE BACKLOG BLOGOctober 7, 2015
This month, we celebrated the U.S. Department of Justice and Manhattan District Attorney's announcement of nearly $80M in funding to address untested rape kits, verified the number of untested kits in Indianapolis through the Accountability Project and looked at the results from Kentucky's statewide audit of untested sexual assault evidence.
THE BACKLOG BLOGSeptember 28, 2015
On September 21st, Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen announced findings from his office's statewide audit of untested sexual assault evidence, revealing that Kentucky has a backlog of 3,090 kits.
THE BACKLOG BLOGSeptember 10, 2015
Joyful Heart Foundation Celebrates Nearly $80 Million Awarded to Support Comprehensive Rape Kit Reform
The Joyful Heart Foundation, one of the leading advocacy organizations working toward nationwide rape kit reform, today applauded the awards of nearly $80 million in grants to address the backlog of untested sexual assault kits at law enforcement agencies.
THE BACKLOG BLOGAugust 28, 2015
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.
THE BACKLOG BLOGJuly 22, 2015
We applaud the work that CONNSACS, advocates, legislators, law enforcement and prosecutors have done to uncover Connecticut’s backlog and take meaningful steps to address it.