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.
THE BACKLOG BLOGFebruary 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.
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.
THE BACKLOG BLOGDecember 18, 2015
This month, we celebrate the inclusion of $45M in the FY16 Federal Spending Bill, announce the expansion of The Accountability Project, spotlight four cities who are working to address the rape kit backlog, and take a look at DOJ's work to prevent gender bias.
THE BACKLOG BLOGNovember 2, 2015
This month, we take an inside look at the 2nd Annual Sexual Assault Kit Summit for Cities and have two featured guest blogs: Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen and Texas Department of Public Safety Assistant Director Skylor Hearn take us inside their states' audit process.
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
Today, Joyful Heart Foundation Founder and President Mariska Hargitay was proud to stand beside Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance as they awarded nearly $80 million in funding for law enforcement agencies to address their backlogs of untested rape kits.