11,000+ rape kits left on police shelves--UNTESTED
I am so angry that I am nearly inarticulate at that moment. So here are some exerpts from the news article instead:
Wayne County, Mich., Prosecutor Kym Worthy has seen her share of grisly crime, but even she was shocked by a discovery in 2009 at a former police storage warehouse. There, stacks of dusty boxes were found on the shelves of the warehouse. The boxes contained thousands of untested rape kits, some decades old . . . .
Worthy said that what's happening in her city is happening across the country. From Chicago to Los Angeles to Houston, cities are grappling with thousands of untested rape kits. . . .
She found volunteers on her staff to start sifting through the rape kits trying to match each one with a victim using old, handwritten police logbooks.
"We were literally blowing off dust and dirt off of those books so we can open them up and see if we can find any information in these books that would match the rape kit," Worthy said. "My prosecutors that are overworked, underpaid and have too much to do volunteered on their own time because we were all concerned about this issue."
So far, 600 kits have been tested, and investigators say that they have discovered evidence of 21 serial rapists. . . . .
Some of the kits tested have revealed sobering results. One kit from 2002 revealed DNA belonging to a man who was in prison for the murder of three women. The murders had been committed during the seven years the rape kit sat on a warehouse shelf. . . .
NBC News filed an official request for records of any internal investigation, and two months later we received an eight page document. In it, the police say once they became aware of the situation in the warehouse, they randomly pulled 36 of the stored rape kits and found there were "justifiable reasons" for not testing them. Those reasons, police say, include victims who refused to prosecute or were uncooperative and assailants who pleaded guilty to lesser charges. When NBC News showed the report to Worthy, she questioned its validity.
"Their reasons were just made-up reasons as to why there should be no investigation," Worthy said.
Worthy says the newest Detroit Police Chief along with Inspector Wilson and Sgt. Jones have been very cooperative in the effort to now test every rape kit. . . .
I'm sitting here sputtering in indignation. 11,000+ accusations of rape just simply ignored all these years! I guess all the police over the years just had too many "important" cases to investigate--so they didn't have time to investigate rape charges?
Besides, she probably asked for it?????????
This post was edited by dublinbay on Fri, Feb 15, 13 at 14:02