Support the Sexual Assault Free Detroit Initiative
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.
- Click on the donation icon which will take you to PayPal
- Enter the amount of the donation and payment information
- Confirm your information and proceed to the next screen
- If you would like the funds to be directed towards the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office SAF-D Initiative please select "Add special instructions to the seller" and write "SAF-D Initiative" in the box [?]
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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.
Donate by Mail:Please make check payable to "Detroit Crime Commission" and write "SAF-D Initiative" in the memo to donate to this initiative. Please mail to:
Detroit Crime Commission
1001 Woodward Avenue, Suite 650
Detroit, MI 48226