A Better Mid-South: Rape victims getting justice

A Better Mid-South: Rape victims getting justice

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The term "rape kit" just doesn't evoke an emotion. When I've heard that term, I rarely feel anger, sadness or outrage.

But when I heard the words of rape victim Debby Sirten, I was overcome with emotion.

I felt her pain. I felt her anger. I felt her sadness. I felt her outrage.

Debby Sirten was raped 15 years ago. She was kidnapped at gunpoint, sexually assaulted, beaten and left for dead in the dirt.

Sirten's rape kit was one of the thousands of backlogged kits in Memphis.

That kit has since been tested and matched to a suspect. Charles Baker Junior was arrested and accused of raping Sirten.

I fully support City of Memphis' plan to test old rape kits and am thankful for the diligence in helping women like Debby Sirten get justice.

I want to hear what you think about the testing of old rape kits. Email me at abettermidsouth@wmctv.com or like my Facebook page, A Better Mid-South and leave me a message there.

The time and money being spent to get justice for these rape victims is so worth it and that is making this A Better Mid-South.

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