As a sixteen year old, Meaghan Ybos was raped in Memphis. After reporting the crime and submitting to a forensic exam immediately, it would be nine years before law enforcement investigated her case and tested the rape kit. She was not alone. The number of untested rape kits in Memphis reached 12,000.
Today, Meaghan runs PERL (People for the Enforcement of Rape Laws), and her work has resulted in the City of Memphis committing more than $3 million toward finally investigating some of the untested rape kits. She joined Allison Gibbs recently to discuss the ways in which a flawed justice system impacts both victims and the accused; the role class plays in these issues; and more of Meaghan's groundbreaking work.