You are the owner of this article.
You have permission to edit this article.

More rape cases reported in Nashville in last three years

  • Posted
  • Posted
  • 0
  • 1 min to read

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Both prosecutors and advocates for rape victims are reporting more instances of people coming forward reporting the crime in the past three years.

Over the Labor Day weekend, the Sexual Assault Center conducted its 500th rape kit after becoming the main hub for collecting rape kits since 2018.

“Over the course of the last three years, in partnership with Nashville General Hospital, we’ve provided 500 rape exams,” said Rachel Freeman, president of the Sexual Assault Center.

“It’s also very disheartening that that many rapes happening in our community,” Freeman said.

Tammy Meade, a Davidson County assistant district attorney, said they too are seeing more victims coming forward.

While the turnaround time for getting the results of rape kits has improved, the average kit still takes between two to three months to process at the Metro Police Crime Lab.

“Sometimes we have to say, look, you’ve got to have a little patience here. The labs and the personnel are working as fast as they can, we just have a lot of it here in Nashville,” Meade said.

The answer to why the number of reported rapes is increasing may be the center itself.

Three years ago, it opened a safe center where victims can avoid going to the emergency room and still get a rape kit as well as counseling. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

>> Click/tap here to download our free mobile app. <<

Copyright 2020 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Chief Investigative Reporter

Jeremy Finley is the chief investigator for News4 Investigates. His reporting has resulted in criminal convictions, legislative hearings before the U.S. Congress, and the payout of more than a million dollars to scam victims.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.