Now a national foundation is trying to get justice for victims.
The Joyful Heart Foundation helps cities develop programs to test rape kits.
The city is now working to come up with $6.5 million to clear the backlog.
Tennessee representative Antonio Parkinson has introduced a bill requiring rape kits be submitted to a TBI lab within 10 days of collection and analyzed within six months.
It also calls for all backlogs to be cleared.
Parkinson created a petition to put pressure on lawmakers to sign the bill.
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