Opinion: Rape kit backlog is not just a Memphis problem

By , Guest Columnist Published: October 02, 2022 4:00 AM CT
Guest Columnist

Sarah Hunter Simanson

Sarah Hunter Simanson is a Memphis-based freelance writer who received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is working on her first novel. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times, HuffPost, Salon, Catapult, Romper, and The Daily Memphian.

The handling of Alicia Franklin’s rape kit and Eliza Fletcher’s death should not be framed as another example of Memphis’ high crime rates or counted as failings unique to the Memphis Police Department, says guest columnist Sarah Hunter Simanson.


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