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District Attorney's reaction to $2-million rape kit grant in Georgia


Less than a week ago, it was announced that nearly $2 million is coming to Georgia through the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to help law enforcement agencies complete more than 3,000 sexual assault kits.

The Chatham County District Attorney spoke about how valuable those kits are to the prosecution of the sex offenders.

"That evidence is key. I think this day and age, everybody expects technology, expects science, sometimes we don't have it, and we still get convictions. It’s based on the victims' credibility. But it's always wonderful to have extra evidence. We will take everything we can,” said Meg Heap, Chatham County District Attorney. "When individuals go to prison, their DNA is put into a database. And hopefully none of them match, and hopefully there were no sexual assaults. But that's not reality. So what we are going to see is, it's sent to the crime lab, we may find a link. And then with that link we may be able to bring justice for some victim who's never had it because they could never find the perpetrator."

Heap added that around the time Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Chief Jack Lumpkin took over, all rape kits were handed over to the GBI, even if the victim wasn't cooperating with investigators.

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