NC may have the most untested rape kits in the nation (15,160 reported from 92% of law enforcement agency reports submitted). It is clear that too many rape kits are going unprocessed in NC and the NC General Assembly is not providing money to test or to track them, even in the face of this astounding backlog. It is also significant that none were reported from any universities (according to the report from Attorney General Josh Stein’s office). But when rapes are reported in NC, the state is falling down on the job – not processing the evidence and actually sometimes throwing away the evidence. Ignoring the evidence causes more damage in the long run, allowing rapists to run amok in NC and move on to other states. And there are many advantages of testing them as soon as possible.
“Every $1 spent on the analysis of a kit returns $81 from averted future assaults.”
The 81 to 1 savings is according to an article reviewing the research of two Stanford University professors published “Analyzing approaches to the backlog of untested sexual assault kits in the USA,” 3/5/18, Journal of Forensic Science. The article also states that the $81 may be a conservative estimate and it could go as high as $3,000 for every $1 spent. The professors estimate that there are around 400,000 untested sexual assault kits in the backlog in the U.S.A.
Sexual Assault Kits on display at NC NOW State Conference in 2017. Photo Credit: Catherine Evangelista
Their reviews of police data for jailed perpetrators suggest that the average number of assault victims per assailant is around 26. The cost of testing a kit ranges from $700 to $1500.
According to CNN, “One fifth of Americans know someone who said #MeToo,” 11/9/17. “You don’t have to be a young and beautiful film star to be harassed and humiliated.” Do you have a story to share?
Tuesdays With Tillis Protester! Photo Credit: Stacie Borrello
Tuesdays With Tillis theme of #MeToo and sexual harassment/sexual assault. The topic is “Stop the Assaults, Stop the Violence.” Contact president at raleighnow.org if you have a story to share – which you could do in person, or by sending your story for someone else to read. Whether or not you want to share a story, join us to witness, and take action.
Date: Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017
Place: 310 New Bern Ave, the Federal Building
December is busy with some celebrating and some reminiscing. Indoor event in Raleigh on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Outdoor holiday parade and march in Durham on Saturday, Dec. 10.
Join Raleigh NOW on Tuesday, Dec. 6, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NOW with the documentary “She’s beautiful when she’s angry,” looking at why NOW was founded. Think about how far we’ve come. On the flip side, I am sure we’ll want to discuss how far we still need to go, as shown with the presidential campaigning and election.
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What does the National Organization for Women mean to you? And did you enjoy the conference?
Here are a few stories from attendees at NC NOW’s state conference on October 1, 2016 where we celebrated NOW’s 50th anniversary. Our theme was “Women Making History NOW” for obvious reasons, with an excellently qualified woman on her way to the White House, an African American woman as Attorney General, and more.
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Here’s a story from a mom of high school teens who organized one of the workshops.
“NOW meant so much to me as a young woman. Even when I was in elementary school my friend and I were so impressed with “the Women’s Lib”.
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Keynote Speaker Secretary of State Elaine Marshall inspires with speech at WEMR on 8/28/15
We had the occasion of Women’s Equality Day to celebrate women’s progress and talking about what women still need. Who better to keynote this event than Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, the first woman elected to a statewide executive office in North Carolina history.
We have the whole SOS Elaine Marshall keynote speech including comments on Susan B. Anthony, NC’s own Lillian Exum Clement and Secretary Marshall herself.
Photo Credit: Phil Fonville
Secretary of State Elaine Marshall speaking on the main stage
Secretary Marshall said she had a “double whammy” as a rural woman.
Online threats and harassment of women are out of control. Countless articles have been written over the past few years on this issue. But most people may not realize how terrible it is. Serious threats of rape and other violence, murder, job loss for publicizing issues online are realities for women. These are violent and gender-specific assaults.
Soraly Chemaly wrote about what happened to one female developer in as a result of a tweet she sent out at a tech conference in “Online Threats Against Women Aren’t Trivial and Don’t Happen in a Vacuum.”
Please join us at a hearing to reinstate City of Raleigh employee Shirley Venable on Monday, July 13, 2015, at 10am, at the Wake County Superior Court, 316 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh. Wear a dark purple shirt if you can so her supporters will show up.
10 year veteran sanitation worker Shirley Venable was unjustly fired from her job as a sanitation truck driver in the City of Raleigh in September of 2011. Shirley had an excellent work record with year after year of “outstanding” job evaluations. She was one of the few females working in the Solid Waste Services Department, among whom there were many complaints of sexual harassment.
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In the days leading up to her termination, Shirley suffered a horrible domestic violence attack by her estranged husband where she was stabbed, beaten, and threatened with murder. She was taken to the hospital and treated for her physical wounds and injuries. Her estranged husband was jailed.