When a victim reports a rape and undergoes a forensic exam, the rape kit is handed over to law enforcement. Law enforcement then sends the kit off for DNA testing. The results of that analysis can help catch a rapist. At least, that is what is supposed to happen.For an estimated 400,000 victims, their case was forgotten about. Their rape kit was left on a shelf or in a storage or in a warehouse. And their rapists were allowed to walk free.
College Senior Uses Songwriting to Help Overcome Genetic Disease
Twenty-two-year-old West Chester University senior Tarik Williams is more than a big man on campus. He’s “King of the Rams.” But his rise to the top had its own unique set of challenges.
When he was diagnosed with a genetic disease that robbed him of his central vision in 2009, he vowed he wouldn’t let it rob him of his future. So, he created a vision for his life.
Kid President Introduces the White House Student Film Festival
For the past few months, K-12 students have been putting the finishing touches on short films about this year's theme: The Impact of Giving Back. We received more than 1,500 submissions from around the world and, on Friday, March 20 we premiered 15 Official Selections at the 2015 White House Film Festival.
How Underperforming School Turned Around Test Scores, Conquered Common Core
Students in 29 states are taking the Common Core tests for the first time this spring. A few years ago, one school in Washington, D.C., changed how it prepares for standardized tests, adopting home visits, pep rallies and new curricula to give students a boost.
Chanowk Yisrael is an urban farmer. His extensive home garden in Sacramento’s inner city not only provides food for his extended family, but provides an example of how urban farming can help bring positive change to the community.
April is National Minority Health Month, and The Root is exploring some alternatives to traditional medical treatments -- here's our profile on meditation. Give it a try: quiet mind and a still body. After all, thinking is thinking, and meditating is meditating.
Currently 25 states and Washington, D.C. have made medical marijuana legal and four states as well as Washington, D.C. have passed laws legalizing recreational marijuana. In November, more states will consider making recreational marijuana legit.
From the poignant to the inspiring, these photos will take your breath away. From Pope Francis' prayer with a severely disfigured man to the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the most powerful images of 2013 will help us remember those we lost, those we found again, the awesome force of nature, and that the best way to weather the uncertainty of years to come is with each other.
A campaign highlighting the faces and voices of black students at Harvard College. Our voices often go unheard on this campus, our experiences are devalued, our presence is questioned-- this project is our way of speaking back, of claiming this campus, of standing up to say: We are here.