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Memphis has largest backlog of untested rape kits in US

February 12, 2014
By
Kontji Anthony
Memphis has the largest known number of untested rape kits in the country. It is why the City of Memphis held a news conference Wednesday morning to announce several developments regarding the city's rape kit backlog.
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Rape Victims Sue Police Over Decade-Long Rape Kit Backlog

December 27, 2013
By
Katie Rucke
A lawsuit accuses the Memphis Police Department of a history of discriminating against females.
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If We Want To Take Sexual Assault Seriously, We Need To Test Thousands Of Rape Kits First

December 10, 2013
By
Tara Culp-Ressler
Here in the United States, which came first: A victim-blaming rape culture, or a police force that doesn’t take sexual assault cases seriously? It’s a classic chicken-and-egg situation. There’s no right answer.
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End our backlog of rape kit processing

November 6, 2013
By
Sarah Tofte
Every year, thousands of individuals take the courageous step of reporting their rape to the police.
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Thousands of Untested Rape Kits in Memphis Endanger Public

September 8, 2013
By
Ruth McCambridge
For anyone who has worked on issues of violence against women, this should serve as a wake-up call that the work is far from done. For anyone who works on social change, it serves as a reminder that monitoring implementation of hard-won laws is critical.
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The science of stopping sex crimes

September 4, 2013
By
Judy Keen
In the quest to catch violent perps, rape kits can be a key ally – but only if they're tested.
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Work to end the rape kit backlog

August 30, 2013
By
Sarah Tofte
Every year, thousands of individuals take the courageous step of reporting their rape to the police.
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Kym Worthy and the fight to investigate Detroit's 11,000 forgotten rapes

August 26, 2013
By
Rosie Swash
Evidence relating to thousands of rape cases has been neglected for years in the US. Now 'the toughest woman in Detroit' is determined to do something about it.
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Why rapists have a 76 percent chance of getting away with the crime

August 25, 2013
By
Sarah Tofte
Every year, thousands of individuals take the courageous step of reporting their rape to the police. They overcome the terrible, misplaced social stigma of being the victim of sexual violence, they overcome the warnings sometimes uttered by the rapist to keep silent, they overcome the suggestions that these issues ought not to be spoken of, and they speak up.
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Urge Congress to Fund Testing of Rape Kits

This month, both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate advanced spending bills that include $117 million in grants that would help states and local governments to test backlogged DNA samples. We must tell our representatives to make this funding a priority.
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