- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - A new initiative hopes to raise at least $50,000 from Detroit-area churches and other faith institutions to support a task force involved in investigating and prosecuting rape cases.

The First Ladies of Wayne County on Thursday made an initial pledge of $10,000 during an event at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. The fundraising effort runs through March 18.

Evans assembled the group of wives of area church pastors to bring attention to critical issues impacting women.

The Sexual Assault Kit Task Force is looking at rape kits found in 2009 in a Detroit police storage facility.

More than 10,000 of the 11,341 kits had been tested as of late last year. Some of the sexual assaults occurred as far back as 1984.

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