Memphis making progress on backlog of rape kits

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Memphis officials say they are making progress on a backlog of untested rape kits.

The Commercial Appeal ( reports officials say they have done at least some testing on more than 3,000 kits and sent almost 2,500 more to labs. That leaves 6,722 kits that still need to be tested.

Doug McGowen, director of the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team, says progress is being made.

Meghan Ybos, who is involved in a lawsuit against the city over the untested kits, said she’s not impressed by the new numbers.

Liz Swavola, who is with Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization fighting the rape-kit backlog nationwide, says the city is doing “a great job, compared to some other cities” at dealing with the backlog.