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Rape Crisis Center hosts meeting to address rape kit backlog

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Last week, we told you that thousands of rape kits are backlogged throughout Georgia.

Nearly 300 of those unprocessed kits are from the Coastal Empire.

Thursday night, the Rape Crisis Center, along with local commissioners, organized a meeting to shine a light on the issue.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the backup is because of a lack of funding.

Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Kesha Gibson-Carter tell us the organization has been working for four years to raise awareness and stop sexual violence. She says Thursday’s meeting was for those wanting to take a stand.

"We have experienced a direct impact of what it feels like when a kit is not processed in a timely manner. Essentially what happens is that yields more victims,” said Gibson-Carter.

Gibson-Carter says advanced technology can help increase the number of arrests and convictions.

For more information on how to get involved with the Rape Crisis Center, please click here

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