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Rapists are ON NOTICE!
Click Storylink - Rapists, Beware: Detroit Prosecutor IDs 21 Attackers in ‘Rape Kit’ Probe
Over 11,000 Rape Kits sat and continued to pile up in a Detroit Police warehouse spanning years but an Advocate, Detroit Prosecutor, Kym Worthy was being prepared and equipped to bring them to a resolution. Worthy, a survivor herself, has been on a mission to get those rape kits tested and perpetrators exposed and brought to justice. I am a witness that God is in control.
Worthy was successful in getting one of the first federal grants to address the rape kit backlog. I can only imagine that to everyone's horror, one of the rape kits finally tested exposed the work of a deadly serial rapist and lives were needlessly lost due to the rape kits not being tested in time.
Prosecutor, Kym Worthy tells Reporter Abigail Pesta, "
A convicted rapist named Shelly Andre Brooks had raped and murdered five women after raping a woman whose kit was just recently entered into the database. If that rape kit had been tested and entered into the database sooner, the man could have been caught sooner—and five women’s lives could have been saved”.No doubt as the Rape Kit testing continues, they will surely expose more crimes beyond the rapes themselves as in the case above. Advocates in the field who work with victims of sexual assaults will want to follow this. What Worthy's initiative is able to accomplish in Detroit by heating up cold cases and bringing them to "Closed", may very well impact other cities across the country with stockpiled rape kits that continue to go untested. Prosecutor Kym Worthy is a woman-on-fire to watch!
More to come!