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Shelby Co. offering free counseling to victims affected by rape kit backlog

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Meaghan Ybos is a rape survivor and knows the importance of having a place for survivors to talk. Meaghan Ybos is a rape survivor and knows the importance of having a place for survivors to talk.
"We asked Shelby County in October to get ready for an influx of needy rape survivors bubbling up from conversation and discussion about the rape kit back log," said Deborah Clubb with the Memphis Area Women's Council. "We asked Shelby County in October to get ready for an influx of needy rape survivors bubbling up from conversation and discussion about the rape kit back log," said Deborah Clubb with the Memphis Area Women's Council.

(WMC-TV) - There is a new effort in Shelby County to help rape survivors affected by thousands of backlogged rape kits.

When it became public that thousands of rape kits were not tested it caused emotional trauma. Now Shelby County is offering free counseling for those survivors at the Rape Crisis Center.

"We asked Shelby County in October to get ready for an influx of needy rape survivors bubbling up from conversation and discussion about the rape kit back log," said Deborah Clubb with the Memphis Area Women's Council.

Clubb knew wounds would reopen when women relived their rape and realized their rape kit may not have been tested.

Meaghan Ybos is a rape survivor and knows the importance of having a place for survivors to talk.

"To create a larger conversation about rape. It's something people don't want to talk about obviously," she said.

The therapeutic support groups at the Rape Crisis Center will be weekly sessions at night that are free. The counseling will be set up as a drop-in situation, so those interested do not have to sign up for an eight-week session.

You can go once or as many times as you want. Clubb says that is something her group wanted because it is flexible and allows a rape survivor to decide at any point to go and not wait for another group of sessions to start.

The backlog of 12,000 untested rape kits are now being tested. It will take a long time to complete the task. At the same time rape survivors are still wondering why their kit was not tested.

The support group sessions for rape survivors have already started. The weekly meetings are held each Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the rape crisis center.

If you want to attend a sessions you are asked to call first and speak to a counselor. The number is 222-4350. Counselors are available Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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