TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Dec 23, 2013

A lawsuit filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee by an anonymous sexual assault victim takes aim at various issues associated with the city's failure to process rape kits. The suit alleges that the Memphis Police Department knew that the victim’s rape kit – and maybe as many as 15,000 others – were not being tested and that the practice was “ratified by multiple policymakers” within the department. It also claims the city “knew about…the conduct and facilitated it, approved it, condoned it and/or turned a blind eye to it.” The suit argues that the lack of processing rape kits violates the equal protection clause and seeks class-action status for other victims. The Memphis Daily News has more on the story.