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Obama allocates $35M in federal support to aid rape kit backlogs

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Mayor A C Wharton says this money means the White House recognizes the urgency from the standpoint of the victims. Mayor A C Wharton says this money means the White House recognizes the urgency from the standpoint of the victims.
In Memphis at least 12,000 victims with untested rape kits seek justice. In Memphis at least 12,000 victims with untested rape kits seek justice.

(WMC-TV) - Advocates say President Barack Obama made a monumental move by allocation $35 million in federal support to aid local efforts to address rape kit backlogs.

"This is a really right on target response from the White House from president Obama," said Memphis Area Women's Council Executive Director Deborah Clubb. "This $35 million could be very important to the work that some of us hope to see done to get the kits all tested and then get proper attention paid to survivors and rapists prosecuted."

Mayor A C Wharton says this money means the White House recognizes the urgency from the standpoint of the victims. In Memphis at least 12,000 victims with untested rape kits seek justice.

"Paying attention to the continuing drum beat of more and more communities coming to grips with bad attention, poor attention, having been paid to rape," he said.

Wharton says the president knows that in many instances funding at the state level does not filter down to the cities, but he says it will probably be a competitive process to get the funding.

"This will direct those funds to the city," he said. "I know I will be in the ground in Washington, D.C. personally knocking on doors making sure folks know what we're doing here in Memphis. We're gonna get our fair share."

Wharton says Congressman Cohen is already on board campaigning for Memphis to get the funding.

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