Episode 42

Especially Heinous: Untested Rape Kits

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August 20th, 2020

47 mins 50 secs

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About this Episode

Did you watch Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and think that sexually based offenses were actually solved and prosecuted? You can't believe everything you see on TV.
In this week's episode, we learn all about how rape kits have historically been handled by police. We find out how states are starting to address the huge backlogs. We rethink the ways we allocate funding to police departments and how we can move to a model of transformative justice.

Resources:
http://www.endthebacklog.org/

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/defund-police-movement-could-offer-sexual-assault-survivors-different-path-n1235478

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2019/08/13/detroit-touts-success-rape-kits-crisis/3770362002/

https://www.rainn.org/statistics/criminal-justice-system

https://www.theatlantic.com/newsletters/archive/2019/07/nationwide-epidemic-of-untested-rape-kits-atlantic-daily/594046/

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/crime/article234924367.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/07/16/untested-rape-kits-evidence-across-usa/29902199/

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