Gretchen Whitmer to speak at on sexual assault kit summit

Posted: 7:55 AM, Sep 28, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-28 08:39:03-04

Michigan still has hundreds of untested rape kits statewide, and today Ingham County Prosecutor Gretchen Whitmer will discuss the problem.

She will be the keynote speaker at a national summit on sexual assault kits in Detroit.

This conference is a first here in Michigan.

It will shine a spotlight on the ongoing problem of backlogged rape kits in the state.

More than 10,000 rape kits dating back decades were found in a Detroit police storage facility back in 2009.

Since then, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy's office has led the way in getting testing done for those kits thanks to state funding.

There were backlogs in Lansing, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and other cities.

Earlier this year, State Attorney General Bill Schuette announced an additional 1,800 rape kits had been found and needed to be tested.

The focus of the summit is on why the rape kits have gone untested.

Gretchen Whitmer revealed a few years ago, that she too was a survivor of sexual assault.

Today is the final day of the 3-day conference hosted by Prosecutor Kym Worthy.