Rape Kits From as Far Back as the 80s are Finally Getting Tested

The efforts have already helped identify 188 serial rapists from Detroit alone.

Shelves of untested rape kits. Image via Congressman Mike Honda's website.

When investigators discovered a pile of 11,000 untests rape kits in a Detroit police warehouse in 2009, the news sparked outrage from social justice advocates and lawmakers all over the country. Since then, with a grant from the National Insittute of Justice, the Detroit police have been able to process 2,000 of those kits and will continue to wade through the horrifingly massive backlog. Detroit Prosecutor Kym Worthy, who has spearheaded the campaign, says that the endeavour has already helped them identify 188 serial rapists. Worthy’s office has successfully pursued 14 convictions and has several arrest warrants out for suspected rapists.

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