Kym Worthy continues on her campaign to finish testing rape kits.
The Wayne County prosecutor, along with a group of prominent Detroit-area women gathered Tuesday at the Detroit Association of Women's Clubs to announce a massive fundraising effort to pay for testing rape kits, Nima Shaffe of WXYX reports. The effort is called "Enough Said." The Said stands for Sexual Assault in Detroit.
About five years ago, more than 11,000 untested rape kits were found in an old DPD storage unit. To date, more than 10,000 have been tested. Jjust over 1,300 remain.
Each cost about $490 to test, the station says, and the campaign has a goal of raising more $657,000 to finish those tests. More money is needed to prosecute suspects involved in the rapes.
"This is incredible,” Worthy tells the Detroit Free Press. "This is a particularly important point when so many African American women from across this city who are in leadership roles, who are elected officials, who are owners of businesses big and small, university staffs, professors, everyone you can imagine, has come together in this effort."
Worthy also announced that a family member kicked off the effort with a check for $100,000, WXYZ reports.
To donate, go to the website African American 490 Challenge.