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African American 490 Challenge

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THE STORY:

More than five years ago, 11,341 unopened, untested rape kits were found in a Detroit Police Department storage unit. Each kit represents a soul crushing brutal crime. Each kit represents a case that remains uninvestigated. Each kit represents a sexual offender who has never faced justice. Each kit represents a victim who doesn’t have closure. Enough SAID (Enough Sexual Assault in Detroit) was formed to raise money for the testing of the kits, as well as the investigation and prosecution of these forgotten crimes. Each rape kit costs $490 to process. Economic constraints in Detroit and Wayne County mean we cannot bring these criminals to justice without the donations of individuals and philanthropic organizations. The Enough SAID campaign is an independent collaboration between the Michigan Women's Foundation, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office and the Detroit Crime Commission. The goal of this collaboration is to raise private sector funding to test more than 11,000 forgotten rape kits, investigate the crimes and prosecute the resulting cases, thus securing justice and closure for victims and ensuring a safer community for everyone. The estimated cost to address the problem is $10 million. So far, funds have been raised to process 10,000 of the 11,341 backlogged kits, but the fight for justice is far from over. The major expense of this effort will be investigating and prosecuting the assailants who are identified. As a comparison, Cleveland, Ohio had a backlog of 4,000 rape kits and has hired 35 investigators to address the backlog. Detroit currently has 12 investigators. That’s not nearly enough. The great majority of the victims of these unsolved crimes are black women. Our mothers. Our sisters. Our daughters. Our neighbors. Our aunts. Our cousins. Our friends. Women who look and live like us. Now is the time for black women to use our voices and resources to show sexual assault victims that they have not been forgotten. Now is the time for Detroiters (and those of us who care about Detroiters) to demonstrate that we believe that those who commit sexual assault must be held accountable. While leaders in cities such as Houston and Cleveland have identified government resources to address their rape kit backlog, Detroit is not in a financial position to fund this critical effort. The calvary isn’t coming. As June Jordan famously said, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” Black women volunteers have created the “Enough SAID 490 African American Challenge.” Through the Enough SAID African American 490 Challenge, we will leverage the power of black women in our community to raise money for and awareness about this important issue.

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$138,087

MONEY RAISED
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  • Ellen Gilchrist

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Marianthe Barnett

    $490

  • Kelli P

     

  • Amy Lester

    $50

  • cassandra peck

    $10

  • Denise Baumeister-MARS

    $35

  • Jason Hittleman

    $100

  • Theresa Lyons

    $25

  • Jay Wehler

    $50

  • emily barnett pomish

    $490

  • Brandi Bialas

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • TUNA

     

  • Alex Barnett Wertheimer

    $490

  • Molly Garczynski

    $10

  • Kathy Delbeke

    $25

  • Roxanne Giordano

    $10

  • Angela Leon

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • EctoHR, Inc.

    $140

  • Christina Kane

    $25

  • Megan Dougherty

    $50

  • This is for justice. The Barkers

    $10

  • Amy Uphues

    $20

  • David Glass

    $25

  • Connie Peters

    $25

  • Lauren Barthold

    $10

  • Gabrielle Baldino

     

  • Julie Argonis

    $25

  • Alexis Gibb

    $25

  • sherry galligan

    $25

  • Erica Dutton

    $10

  • Christian Spinillo

    $100

  • Vanessa Quinn

    $10

  • Travis Brevard

    $100

  • Jim Rabidue

    $35

  • Ted M.

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Colleen Haller

     

  • Gail Hendrickson

    $50

  • Sue Cooper

    $35

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Steve T.

    $25

  • Yeldarb

    $10

  • SharDey

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Kristi Piziks

    $25

  • Geralyn George

    $50

  • Marcia Drewek

     

  • Cynthia DeNardis

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Susonya Davenport

    $25

  • Emily Everett

     

  • Rachel Ezell

    $10

  • Kristina Hampu

    $25

  • Charlotte Hazimeh

    $10

  • Wenonah Handschu

    $500

  • Anonymous

     

  • Ellen Stiffler

    $50

  • DWSD WESTSIDE CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER

    $30

  • Fern Grant

    $100

  • Lorrie Boone

    $100

  • Maribeth Fasseel

    $100

  • Cornerstone Schoenherr Family Practice, Shelby Twp

    $650

  • Saunteel Jenkins and Carl Bentley

    $1,000

  • Marty Smith

    $10

  • Christine Sommer

    $50

  • Amanda K

     

  • Jeremy Moy

    $25

  • Roche Group LLC

    $10

  • Howard goldman

    $200

  • Greenhills School

    $255

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Detroit Enterprise Academy

    $75

  • karen wells

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Danielle Splading

     

  • Kristen Sabol

    $50

  • Jennifer Chau

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $390

  • Compuware Corporation

    $775

  • CHarris

    $500

  • David Nicholson

    $500

  • The Cyrier Family

    $500

  • THE MARS AGENCY / denim day

    $374

  • Office of Congresswoman Lawrence- District Team

     

  • Michele Bradley

    $25

  • Carrie Jobes

    $100

  • Gregory Barkley

    $250

  • Margie Fujarski

    $25

  • Audrey Slaughter

    $50

  • I Y E Designs, LLC

    $10

  • Zausmer August & Caldwell - Casual for a cause

    $1,000

  • TechTown Detroit Staff

    $500

  • Michigan State Black Alumni Association, Inc. Detroit Chapter

    $643.11

  • Ms. Paris Ross

    $225.67

  • Cook family

     

  • Steve Tobocman

    $100

  • The Mars Agency

    $640

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Donor Comments

The Mars Agency

The Mars Agency

DONATION: $640

3 weeks ago

Steve Tobocman

Steve Tobocman

DONATION: $100

4 weeks ago

Cook family

Cook family

1 month ago

Ms. Paris Ross

Ms. Paris Ross

DONATION: $225.67

1 month ago

Michigan State Black Alumni Association, Inc. Detroit Chapter

Michigan State Black Alumni Association, Inc. Detroit Chapter

DONATION: $643.11

1 month ago

TechTown Detroit Staff

TechTown Detroit Staff

DONATION: $500

1 month ago

Zausmer August & Caldwell - Casual for a cause

Zausmer August & Caldwell - Casual for a cause

DONATION: $1,000

1 month ago

I Y E Designs, LLC

I Y E Designs, LLC

DONATION: $10

1 month ago

Audrey Slaughter

Audrey Slaughter

DONATION: $50

Support of Jenice Mitchell Ford's April 9, 2017 Tea Party With A Purpose 1 month ago

Margie Fujarski

Margie Fujarski

DONATION: $25

2 months ago