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The backlog of rape kits has put justice on hold for a lot of people. Back in 2009, more than 11,000 untested kits were found in a Detroit Police Department storage facility. Some were more than 25 years old.

Mariska Hargitay speaks on some of the issues surrounding the rape kit backlog in Detroit, Michigan. #endthebacklog (x)

It costs between $1,000 – $1,500 to test every single rape kit. There are over 10,000 kits left in Detroit’s rape kit backlog. Your donation can go directly to testing them. Donate to the Detroit Crime Commission’s backlog initiative by clicking here.

I am pretty explicitly anti-police in every respect. But I support Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy and her push to catalogue the egregious backlog of unprocessed rape kits in Detroit. 

Her work has already identified countless serial rapists in southeast Michigan, and will continue to identify these rapist pieces of shit as she moves forward.

Who cares if this process leads to conviction or not. Just give us the list. We can take care of the rest.


(Source: finding-our-power)

Canada's first Christian law school will effectively ban gay students


Trinity Western University, a private Christian school in Canada, has officially been approved to open a law school program. The caveat? Gay students aren’t allowed. 

The Law Society of British Columbia voted last week to allow the new program, despite TWU’s policy that bans students and staff from engaging in same-sex relationships. Students will not be asked about their sexual orientation upon applying, but are “expected to abide by the community covenant.” 

Law Society president Jan Lindsay declined to comment on the reasoning behind Friday’s vote but said members struggled to find a balance between two sets of Charter Rights: students’ right to equality and the school’s right to religious freedom.

She assured the Law Society ultimately forces all students, regardless of where they graduated, to complete training and evaluation regarding discrimination.

“If anyone feels that he or she has experienced discrimination by a lawyer, he or she should make a complaint,” Lindsay said.

A choice quote from the Gay Star News article on the same topic: “Critics say the school’s policy discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation and question how the law school would educate students on discrimination and equality rights.” Ya don’t say. 

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