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Resource ID: #26691
Subject: Sexual assaults
Source: The Commercial Appeal
Date: 2014-08-24



This entry tells the story of Terry Burks, a sexual assault survivor who was gang raped in 1988 in a still-unsolved case - then was victimized again by police so caught up in clearing a mountain of untested rape kits they didn't take the time to examine her case. Police tested Terry's kit as they rushed to clear a backlog of 12,000 rape kits they learned they'd been sitting on. Months later, she was told testing found no DNA in her kit. But if police had bothered to read Terry's case file they would have found why there likely was no DNA there: Her attackers had worn condoms, The Commercial Appeal found. What's more, her case file, obtained by the newspaper, contained records showing those condoms had been destroyed in 2002.

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