Credit: New York Times/WXYZ Detroit/Enough SAID

Credits: New York Times/WXYZ Detroit/Enough SAID

Currently there are 11,341 victims whose forgotten rape kits are collecting dust in Detroit. But a group of businesswomen hope to change that.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy knows first hand how hard it’s been making rape kit testing a priority.

Worthy told The New York Times she “knew that they all had to be tested, even the ones that were beyond the statute of limitations”

Credit: Enough SAID

Credit: Enough SAID

“I wanted to try to bring justice to each and every one of those victims that I could,” she said.

But with a lack of funds, the testing was virtually impossible.

After hearing about Worthy’s efforts to get the kits tested, Joanna Cline, chief marketing officer for a wall decal company called Fathead, gathered over 200 business women in Detroit and they formed Enough SAID (Sexual Assault in Detroit) and raised millions of dollars to go towards rape kit testing.

“We probably have the resources to do something to show the victims that they matter, show the perpetrators they’re not going to get away with it and just keep working to make Detroit a safer city,” Cline told the Times.

One of Enough’s biggest supporters so far has been Sheryl Sandberg, who donated $250,000.

Enough SAID has raised $1.3 million from private donors and $7.6 million in public financing. Still struggling financially, Wayne County recently set aside $1 million from the county’s delinquent tax fund so Worthy can hire more investigators and set aside secure office space for them to work.

It’s also interesting to not that 81 percent of the sexual assault victims whose rape kits were abandoned were black women.

“It’s an interesting time for Detroit,” added Michelle Busuito, a lawyer for the suburban bus system in Detroit who is also involved in Enough SAID. “The world is watching us. But you can’t have economic development if you can’t feel safe walking to your car after work.”

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  • Mr. Z

    it would have been nice if Clutch included a link to donate if we were interested…. Just saying…

    • The link to the organization is included in the article.

  • Charles Johnson

    great article

  • Me

    It’s a damn shame that this is what it takes to move these cases along

  • The Detroit businesswomen are doing what is right. Investments should be made this story is one that ought to be shown. Saving human lives is always vital and we will; continue to fight evil.

  • Mico

    Ugh this is such bs….Kim Worthy, among many other corrupt politicians is the reason why these kits went so long untested. Several years ago city of detroit merged their crime lab with Wayne County even though Wayne county did not have the resources, personnel, or experience to handle the amount of cases, so detroit is now paying wayne county to do something they were already doing on a much bigger scale. This outsourcing/selling/giving away city resources, buildings, departments, etc only to rent, lease, etc from the state/county or private businesses is why detroit(amongst many other cities) all of a sudden has no money.