• Memphis city leaders waiting on results of hundreds of back-logged rape kits

    By: Jeremy Pierre

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    More than 12,000 back-logged rape kits that have been tested over the last four years are almost complete. 

    Memphis Area Women's Council Executive Director Deborah Clubb said results from the last of the kits from the Memphis Police Department are underway.

    According to information released from the City of Memphis, they are waiting to receive results back on the last three percent of the kits. 

    More than 400 arrests and 60 convictions have already been made from the backlogged rape kits, according to the Shelby County Attorney General’s Office. 

    They are still waiting on the results of 459 kits.  


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    "Next and what is well underway is that the DNA reports come back, and we end up with matches for some really bad people,” Clubb said.

    A chart from the City of Memphis shows as of August, 72 percent of the kits have been processed for DNA.

    Twenty-three percent of the kits were negative serology, meaning nothing from the kit could be processed.

    Clubb said contacting victims to give them a status of their rape kits can be challenging.

    "Making sure their voices are heard and they are getting what they need and getting their voices heard to determine what does go forward with these cases,” Clubb said.

    According to a report, 3,140 investigations have been initiated from the tested kits.

    Twenty percent of the cases remain open and 80 percent of the cases have been closed.

    Clubb said the backlogged rape kits will result in more arrest and convictions.

    “Investigations and prosecutions are well on the way and will be going on for years to come,” Clubb said.

    The Sexual Assault Kit Task Force need help getting in touch with victims.

    If a victim or anyone you know is a victim and they had rape kit performed on them and want an update on the kit, please call 901-636-3438.

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