The backlog of rape kits has put justice on hold for a lot of people. Back in 2009, more than 11,000 untested kits were found in a Detroit Police Department storage facility. Some were more than 25 years old.
Mariska Hargitay speaks on some of the issues surrounding the rape kit backlog in Detroit, Michigan. #endthebacklog (x)
It costs between $1,000 – $1,500 to test every single rape kit. There are over 10,000 kits left in Detroit’s rape kit backlog. Your donation can go directly to testing them. Donate to the Detroit Crime Commission’s backlog initiative by clicking here.
I am pretty explicitly anti-police in every respect. But I support Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy and her push to catalogue the egregious backlog of unprocessed rape kits in Detroit.
Her work has already identified countless serial rapists in southeast Michigan, and will continue to identify these rapist pieces of shit as she moves forward.
Who cares if this process leads to conviction or not. Just give us the list. We can take care of the rest.
"After Detroit tested the first 10% of its backlogged kits, authorities were able to link cases to 46 serial rapists." (x)
Just think about it: 46 serial rapists. And the evidence against them was out there, all the time, in those backlogged kits. And that’s just 10% of them
do people say “bad neighborhood” for cities next to all-white high schools where the boys are getting high every day and raping girls? do they even say “bad neighborhood” for cities with large kkk meetings? or is bad neighborhood a strictly anti-black code?
Robert H. Richards IV admitted to sexually assaulting his infant son and daughter and has been sentenced to probation because the judge believes Richards “will not fare well” in prison.
He’s an unemployed heir living off a trust fund, so of course “will not fare well” is just code for “is too rich to serve time.”
THIS IS THE GROSSEST THING I’VE SEEN ALL DAY.
My teacher just dropped a feminist bomb
"ALL men benefit from SOME men raping women. ALL white people benefit from SOME white people killing people of color"
My class went crazy. I’m just sitting here, taking notes.
”I was in shock. I was outraged and I just assumed kits were being tested,” said actress Mariska Hargitay about the thousands of rape kits in Detroit and across the country that have been left sitting in storage without being processed, allowing rapists to remain free to attack again. And they often do.
Hargitay joined Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to announce legislation that will soon be introduced to state lawmakers that is aimed at setting guidelines and deadlines for rape kits tests to be processed.
"Testing rape kits is vital for keeping rapists off the street," said Hargitay during Monday’s press conference.
Over 11,000 sexual assault kits, some dating back to the 1980’s, were found abandoned in a Detroit Police storage facility back in 2009.
Not long after the rape kits were discovered, Worthy pushed to start the processing with Michigan State Police.
So far, 1,600 rape kits have been processed, resulting in the identification of about 100 serial rapists and ten convicted rapists, according to Worthy.
Worthy told reporters that perpetrators have moved on from Michigan to commit similar crimes in 23 other states.
"It was mind blowing to me," said Hargitay that so many rape kits have gone unprocessed. "My head exploded.. We have the means to do it and DNA equals justice."
Hargitay, best known for her role as Sergeant Olivia Benson on the television drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, has also become an advocate for real life victims of sex crimes. She founded the Joyful Heart Foundation that works to “heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.”
Nationally, an estimated 400,000 rape kits have gone unprocessed, allowing rapists to remain free and their victims to wonder if they will ever see justice.
"These rape kits in Michigan are over 25 years old," said Worthy. "Want to make sure we deal with the victims mercifully, honestly and genuinely."
Fourteen prosecutions have resulted from what is being called the “Detroit Rape Kit Project”, including the case of DeShawn Starks, 32.
11,000 abandoned rape kits dating back to the 1980’s.
100 serial rapists identified in 1,600 finally tested.
They moved on to commit similar crimes in 23 other states.
An estimated 400,000 rape kits remain untested nationally.
Meanwhile half of the prison population in America is there for non-violent, drug-related offenses.
Kym Worthy pushed for this so hard.
The Detroit Crime Commission is supporting an initiative spearheaded by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy to test thousands of rape kits that were never submitted for testing. During a tour of a Detroit Police Department Property storage facility, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office discovered more than 11,000 rape kits dating back nearly twenty-five years. Each of those kits represents a woman, man or child who suffered a violent assault and underwent a lengthy and physically invasive evidentiary collection procedure in an effort to apprehend his or her assailant. Each rape kit has the potential to solve multiple crimes. If tested, a rape kit can provide valuable investigative leads that may identify unknown rapists and connect evidence to serial rapists. On average, it costs between $1,200 to $1,500 to test a kit. However, testing kits is not enough. To successfully put rapists behind bars, we must investigate the leads that testing provides and prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law. Wayne County Prosecutor Kim Worthy is leading the effort to find the funding to resolve the rape kit crisis in Detroit. An estimated $15 million is needed to test the kits and investigate and prosecute the cases. The challenge is finding the funds and she says, “It’s a massive undertaking.”
The Detroit Crime Commission has partnered with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for the SAF-D Initiative and is acting as the pass-through agency for donations. The DCC is taking no administrative costs for its participation in the SAF-D Initiative.
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The Detroit Crime Commission has partnered for the SAF-D Initiative with the Wayne County Prosecutors Office and the Detroit Police Department such that the DCC, using the donated funds, pays the laboratory directly as each kit is processed. This is a 100% pass through program with the DCC taking no administrative costs. 100% of your donations will be used for the program.
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Adepero Oduye doesn’t get enough credit for her role in “12 Years a Slave.”She was pretty amazing. If you didn’t cry along with this woman when her children were snatched away from her, I kinda don’t want to talk to you anymore.
Augh I just lost it. Her love of her children made her give up her own freedom (and her daughters) so they could be together. She was coerced into sex so her children wouldn’t be raped and they could stay together, And after all of that, after alllll of that she still lost her children. My heart broke in the theater
Tumblr user kushitekalkulus is a sexist, transphobic, homophobic/lesbianphobic/biphobic, rape/abuse apologist, misogynist. He is infamous on Tumblr for attacking black women (specifically black feminists and black queer men/women) and black men who defend these black women/black queer men and women. He recently attacked the moderators at whitepeoplesaidwhat when they called him out. This dude is a perfect example of #blackpowerisforblackmen and he’s a “Ankh Nigga”. I warn you the content you’re about to read below is extremely triggering, if you’re easily triggered please DON’T read this.
[BIG TRIGGER WARNING]
- He thinks rape jokes are funny, especially if the victim is female and viciously brutalized. (because women find men being raped and manipulated by women funny.)
- He says there is no archaeological, anthropological, literary, or oral documentation of homosexuality among African people. Then attacked tumblr user howtobeterrell for responding to his homophobic post calling him a “maggot HIV infested fairy” and threatened howtobeterrell with violence.
- Blames civil rights activist Bayard Rustin for “ruining our chances of true liberation and sovereignty in America by watering down the civil rights movement” simply because he’s a gay black man.
- Has a problem with people telling children that homosexuality is normal then compares homosexuality to bestiality.
- Called the moderators at whitepeoplesaidwhat ”gay” and “effeminate simps” for calling out his problematic and disgusting behavior. All in all, if you call him out and you’re a black man he’ll call you “gay” or a “simp”.
- He believes most women who support abortion do not support it to protect rape victims. They support it to “protect the privilege of abandoning responsibility that comes with state sanctioned whoredom.”
- He believes other sexualities( gay, bisexual, lesbian,pansexual etc.) outside of afrisexuality( which he claims is heterosexuality) are “congenital abnormalities”.
- He believes if Martin Luther King were alive today, he’d be disgusted at homosexuals, he then called them “sexual deviants”. And said these words: “When dealing with sick individuals with perverted instincts, we exit the realm of heterosexuality”. So basically according to him non-heterosexual people are “perverts” and “sick individuals”.
- He believes Asian women are the least damaged by feminism thus making them suitable partners, while Black Women are the absolute worst. They are “bigoted”, “anti-male”, and “misandric”.
- He believes street harassment is just a figment of a black woman’s menstrual imagination and it should not be taken seriously.
- He’s good friends with Tommy Sotomayor, who is a Youtuber that is infamous for dehumanizing black women.
- He said these words: “Not every Black Feminist is a Negro Bed Wench but every Negro Bed Wench is a Black Feminist”. So basically if you’re a black feminist then you’re a negro bed wench.
- He said Janelle Monae wont be considered a “real woman” until she does a raunchy and sexy performance like Beyonce did at the Grammys. He’s said some more derogatory comments about Janelle like how it is disgusting that Janelle Monae wore a suit on Sesame Street thus “suppressing her feminine sexuality”. ignoring her choice to wear a tuxedo as a tribute to her mother who was a Janitor and her step-father who was a postman.
- He called Youtuber Tre Melvin, a "BATTIMON" and a "switch hitter" and a “disgrace” for his video “What Is a “Man”?” where Tre talks about his bisexuality and coming out. The moderators at Radicalmenofcolor responded to his homophobic statements then kushitekalkulus responded saying black feminists are the most biphobic individuals in the black community, Heterophobia and Misandry are bigger issues.
- He said female sexuality in the absence of male usage and positive exploitation amounts to useless waste.Women were put on this earth to please men, and through that pleasure and heterosexual interaction, they please and fulfill themselves.
- He said the black community is state sanctioned matriarchy and matriarchy is synonymous to failure because women are not meant to lead.
- He said white women tricked black women into accepting feminism just so white Women can get all of the good black men.
- He said black men.are running away from black women for white women because black women don’t know how to mold kings and warriors, they destroyed black power movements and are raising thugs with sagging pants.
- He said gay people are “a congenital abnormality stemming from endocrine disruption during the Pre-Natal periods of development and a behavioral perversion stemming from the yacubian madness of modern euro-society”.
- He said gay blacks and Black Feminists are a protected class in white society. They are part of the Intellectual bourgeois, in that they promote and propel sexual perversion among Black folks in the west and help Europeans establish and institute a system of perpetual population control.
- He claims black gays are not an oppressed class in white society. black gays are a protected class. They help Europeans effeminize black boys and masculinize black girls.
- Called the moderators at angrywocunited (formerly known as angrywomenofcolorunited) “bed wenches” for their post on Lupita Nyong’o’s success, the importance of representing dark skinned black women in the mainstream media, and how Lupita inspired a young black girl to not bleach her skin.
- Tumblr user bwoopbwoop talks about rape culture, he then says ”I hope you get raped in that rape culture that you think exists”.
- He’s against the release of Marissa Alexander, a black woman who fired a warning shot from a gun she was licensed to carry to defend herself from a life-threatening beating from her self-admitted abusive estranged husband, Rico Gray. He stated: “Why free a sick psycho that almost murdered her husband and a 12 year old child???”
- He believes street harassment against black women is another excuse to put black men in jail. (he quoted Tariq Nasheed)
- Called Dido Elizabeth Belle a “bed wench”. Said it was every negro bed wenches dream to be able to drink massa’s semen during plantation slavery. (his reaction to the Dido Elizabeth Belle movie)
- He posted a picture of a lynched black woman in order to ridicule and shame black women who date or marry white men ironically he’s a huge supporter of black men who date or marry white women believing it can enhance the progress of black men. He believes black women who date or marry white men are promoting white supremacy and furthering the destruction of black men. All in all, he hates the idea of black women dating or marrying white men/men of other races, he calls these women “bed wenches”.
He follows a lot of popular black/POC blogs like blackinasia, dynamicafrica, black-culture, fucknofetishization etc. If he follows you, block him immediately. He’s the most disgusting, inhumane person I’ve ever seen on Tumblr.
wth is wrong with this guy
It was Sonia Sanchez who said, “The black artist is dangerous. Black art controls the “Negro’s” reality, negates negative influences, and creates positive images.”
Black contemporary art has met resistance from the white dominated art world. An arena that limited itself from a diverse aesthetic of culture and vibrancy. Galleries of “white walls, with white people, drinking white wine.”
Yet, black artists continued to produce,whether accepted by the white dominated art world or not, and produced some of the greatest and memorable pieces in contemporary American art.