Detroit Program Seeks Private Donations to Test 11,000 Rape Kits

Building on the momentum of a new $35 million national fund for rape kit testing, Detroit's Wayne County Prosecutor's office—which discovered 11,000 untested rape kits in an abandoned storage unit five years ago—announced a new public-private partnership working to raise $10 million to fund the investigation and… » 1/07/15 3:00pm 1/07/15 3:00pm

This Impossibly Badass Prosecutor and 'Rape Kit' Advocate Is Our New…

Plagued by rape fatigue? Meet Detroit prosecutor Kym Worthy, the woman who's been leading the charge to sort through more than 11,000 untested police "rape kits" since 2009. Worthy is hellbent on getting the kits, which contain evidence of rape such as semen and saliva, logged, tested, and entered into the national… » 8/28/12 11:00am 8/28/12 11:00am

Genius: Strip Club Tax Will Help Pay for Rape Kit Processing

Happening now in Houston: A new $5 "sin tax" on strip clubs — called a "pole tax" — is expected to generate over $1 million in revenue for the city, and the cash will be used to help the city process rape kits. According to ABC News, Houston has an estimated 4,000-6,000 rape kits that have remained untested because of… » 6/28/12 2:40pm 6/28/12 2:40pm

Rape Kits Having a Hard Time Getting Out of a Detroit Evidence Room

Now that the Rube Goldberg machinery of justice has started creaking back to life, law enforcement officials in Detroit have a chance at processing more than 11,000 untouched rape kits that have languished in a police evidence room for years. However, apart from the fact that belatedly broaching the subject of rape… » 4/22/12 12:00pm 4/22/12 12:00pm

Revisiting Untested Rape Kits Cracks Cases but 'Revictimizes' Women

DNA evidence is tested ASAP after a murder, but between 180,000 and 400,000 forgotten rape kits are collecting dust in police evidence rooms nationwide, even though technology can easily link attackers — who are often strangers and serial rapists — to their crimes. So it's a gigantic step forward that the National… » 3/19/12 3:10pm 3/19/12 3:10pm

Untrained Nurses Are Another Obstacle to Ever Prosecuting Rapists

A program called SANE teaches Illinois nurses how to perform rape kits, and how to testify if they're called as a witness in a rape case. But very few of the state's nurses have gone through the program, because it takes so much time and hospital funds. And this lack of trained professionals is yet another hurdle… » 2/06/12 4:00pm 2/06/12 4:00pm