Group to ask churches to help support rape kit task force

DETROIT (AP) – A new initiative hopes to raise at least $50,000 from Detroit-area churches to support a task force involved in investigating and prosecuting rape cases.

Details of the program will be unveiled Thursday at Greater Grace Temple in northwest Detroit by Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and the First Ladies of Wayne County.

Evans assembled the group of wives of area church pastors to bring attention to critical issues impacting women. They represent an interdenominational team from various faith organizations, ministerial alliances and councils.

The Sexual Assault Kit Task Force is looking at rape kits found in 2009 in a Detroit police storage facility.

More than 10,000 of the 11,341 kits had been tested as of late last year. Some of the sexual assaults occurred as far back as 1984.

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