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Rape victim fights to change evidence law

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Meaghan Ybos is concerned that women whose kits have not yet been tested have no recourse. Meaghan Ybos is concerned that women whose kits have not yet been tested have no recourse.
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(WMC-TV) - A survivor of the Cordova serial rapist is pushing for a new law to end the statute of limitations on rape evidence. The push comes as the City of Memphis tries to process a backlog of more than 12,000 rape kits.

Meaghan Ybos is concerned that women whose kits have not yet been tested have no recourse.

"I was a cold case," she said.

Ybos has drafted her own legislation to end the statue of limitation on rape.

"For rape in Tennessee, there are only eight years to solve the crime and prosecute it after it occurs and for aggravated rape, there's 15 years," she explained.

In Ybos' case, Anthony Alliano, who is also known as the Cordova serial rapist, used a weapon, making his crime a Class A Felony.

"If the prosecution had only felt they could prove just a rape, a Class B Felony, by the time they tested my rape kit, it would have been one year too late to prosecute my rapist even though they have his DNA on my evidence," said Ybos.

The crime against her was solved nine years after it was committed.

"For the crime of rape, if there's DNA evidence that identifies the perpetrator, we should be able to use that to prosecute the case," she said.

And other Tennesseeans agree.

"When it comes to rape, you should be able to try them no matter how many years it has been," said Memphis resident Pierre Blackman.

"I do think you should be punished for it no matter how long ago it was," agreed Cypress Chaok.

"If you're wrong, you're wrong. A crime is a crime so there should be no limit to it at all," added Brittany Hall.

Ybos has been in talks with several lawmakers to find the right person to help her pass the legislation.

Meanwhile, the Cordova serial rapist will spend the next 178 years in prison.

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