Erykah Badu is donating concert funds to help process abandoned rape kits
11,000 kits were left untested in Detroit.
Here’s the story: Back in 2009, over 11,000 untested rape kits were found in a Detroit Crime Lab warehouse.
Five years later, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced her effort to push legislation that would make tracking of the kits mandatory and provide funding for the backlog problem saying then that numerous crimes would have likely been avoided had Detroit police and its now-defunct crime lab not let the kits sit idly.
As of March, approximately 10,000 of the kits have been tested, but each remaining one costs $490 to process, so Erykah Badu is joining forces with Right Productions to donate $5 from each ticket sale from her upcoming August 12 show at Detroit’s Chene Park Amphitheater to the African American 490 Challenge, a partner of local organization Enough SAID (Sexual Assault in Detroit), which has been raising money to test the leftover kits.
Got all that? The point is that this is awesome.
Kim Trent, president of the 490 Challenge, said of Badu: “It should come as no surprise that an artist with Erykah Badu’s impressive history of social consciousness would join forces with the black women leaders of Detroit to address this important social issue.”