What Happened When Thousands of Abandoned Rape Kits Were Tested

October 8, 2018 apalazzoups

A national logistics effort can solve the problem of stockpiled rape kits.

Kym Worthy | Wayne County Prosecutor's Office

In 2009, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and her team discovered more than 11,000 untested rape kits – some dating back to the 1980s – in an old Detroit Police Department storage facility. As soon as they were unearthed, Kym worked immediately to raise millions of dollars to process the kits and seek justice for the thousands of victims.

In her TED talk below, Kym explores the power of logistics in connecting different technologies to the people who need them most.

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Kym Worthy is the current prosecutor of Wayne County, Michigan, home to Detroit. She is the first African-American woman to serve as a county prosecutor in Michigan.

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