University of Central Florida Ph.D Professor Candice Bridge Receives $324,000 Grant to Research Rape Investigation Methods


A Black Ph.D. professor has been awarded a huge grant to improve techniques for investigating rape. Candice Bridge, an educator at the University of Central Florida, received $324,000 from the National Institute of Justice to review methods for catching suspects of sexual-assault crimes aside from DNA evidence.

The grant will give Bridge access to exclusive tools utilized by the FBI and a few government laboratories. Then, the chemistry instructor will research with 11 students to review lubricants exchanged during sexual assaults. Additionally, the group will study toxicology, drugs and gunshot debris.

In a press release, Bridge noted the importance of reviewing forensic science practices.

“This grant will enable us to conduct research into a unique new means of identifying perpetrators of sexual assault when traditional DNA evidence doesn’t exist,” she said. “It’s an important line of research that has become even more important as rapists attempt to elude capture by covering their DNA tracks after an assault.

“An award from the NIJ in forensic science is particularly significant as it’s the primary agency for advancing forensic science through research.”

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Source: Atlanta Black Star |  Kiersten Willis