No Money in Budget to Tackle Rape Kits

The state budget passed last week does not include money to tackle the huge backlog of untested rape kits, and the sponsors of legislation that would have set money aside to test the estimated 20,000 kits are not hopeful for relief this year. Rape victim Meaghan Ybos continues to tell her story to help push the legislation and eliminate the state's massive backlog, the Tennessean reports. She was raped in 2003, but her kit was not tested until almost a decade later when she called to check on her cold case after hearing about a possible serial rapist in her area. He was later convicted of raping Ybos and six other women.