Mayor Issues Order to Resolve Rape Kit Backlog

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton has issued an executive order directing city police to test all unprocessed rape kits as soon as possible and to work to improve the treatment of rape victims, the Commercial Appeal reports. Wharton said Monday that he hoped the action would help the city find the money to process the 6,889 untested items in police custody. The order also urges the police department to convene a community conversation on how it responds to victims of violence, rape and sexual assault, and to work with local advocacy groups to develop policies for handling sexual assault cases in the future.