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Men raising money for rape kit tests in Detroit

Associated Press

Detroit — Dozens of men are working to raise awareness about sexual assault and help get old rape kits tested.

The men and businesses are joining the African American 490 Challenge, which last year urged black women, individually and collectively, to raise multiples of $490 — the cost of processing a single rape kit. An event to promote the effort is Tuesday.

The African American 490 Challenge is working with Enough SAID (Enough Sexual Assault In Detroit) to raise more than $650,000 by the end of the year for processing untested rape kits.

With state funding, Michigan and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office tested more than 10,000 kits dating back decades that were found in Detroit in 2009.