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Rape Kits in Detroit Were Left Untested Until a Team of Women Stepped Up

" In early 2013, a Detroit businesswoman named Joanna Cline saw Ms. Worthy discussing the untested rape kits on a national news program. "I was [...]

In early 2013, a Detroit businesswoman named Joanna Cline saw Ms. Worthy discussing the untested rape kits on a national news program. “I was and am furious” at the oversight, says Ms. Cline, who is the chief marketing officer of Fathead, which manufactures and sells wall decals. when she learned that Ms. Worthy’s office didn’t have enough funding to test the kits and prosecute the resulting cases, she became convinced that this was a solvable problem.

Ms. Cline sent an email to about 200 Detroit business leaders issuing a call to action and laying out her own research. Dozens of other cities had discovered untested rape kits, she found, but they weren’t in the same financial straits as Detroit and so they had more money to process the kits. The city filed for bankruptcy in 2013 and formally emerged from it last December.

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