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Editorial: A rape kit calamity

February 20, 2017
Savannah Morning News
Savannah Morning News

Joanie is a Missouri woman who was brutally raped in 1991 by a man she didn’t know and then was virtually ignored by the criminal justice system.

Fortunately, her attacker was eventually caught and sent to prison, thanks to persistent officials in that state who made sure the rape kit taken after her attack was tested and the results shared.

Joanie courageously shared her personal story with the website But she’s not alone. Her case illustrates why Georgia lawmakers must continue to support ongoing efforts to erase the shameful and scandalous backlog of untested rape kits in this state.

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