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.
I talked to a policeman at a campus visit to UNC-Charlotte in July. He was proud of talking a young woman OUT OF pressing charges of sexual assault. He said the police spoke with both students to reinforce that the consequences for the undergraduate and alleged attacker are dire. The woman decided she wasn’t absolutely sure anymore. The policeman was also proud of few if any cases prosecuted – not the same as assaults not happening. I was appalled. These sexual assaults are happening whether or not they are prosecuted.
Join us to screen and discuss “The Hunting Ground” at NC State University on August 8th. Learn what the policeman didn’t understand about sexual assaults on campus. Learn how to prepare yourself/your child/your niece/your grandchild.
Also consider a self defense class for you and yours. I am.
Organizing a national Women’s March on Washington in Washington DC has been an adventure. First, let us recognize that there is a lot of interest in protesting in DC. Asheville NOW filled a bus in less than a week. Charlotte NOW is filling one now. And there are about 20 buses from North Carolina alone. At first the organizers didn’t realize they absolutely needed permits, where to send the buses, etc. Then, when Alice Cohan, of Feminist Majority (formerly of National Organization for Women/NOW) jumped in to help get permits, they found out many groups tried for permits for that date and those places, and they were working through the process. Then things changed and all protesters were being blocked from using normal rally/protest sites like large sections of Pennsylvania Avenue, as well as the Washington Monument, the National Mall and the Lincoln Memorial! Now there is an update from that – we finally have a site. But here is some background on the process. Never discount a bunch of angry women!
Picture from the March for Women’s Lives in 2004. Raleigh NOW delivered 3 buses and Mandy Carter of SONG delivered another from Durham. Our 4 buses traveled together to the national march.
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Join us to deliver the Pro-Choice Signature Ad Packets to our legislators at their offices in Raleigh on Monday, 5/23/16. We run our pro-choice signature ad in Indy Week every year to commemorate the Roe v. Wade anniversary. Later during the year, we deliver packets including signature ads to our legislators to remind them of the many pro-choice residents of our state.
Members from around NC are delivering NC NOW’s pro-choice signature ad packets to all of our legislators on May 23, 2016. Please join us! This year our packet includes a letter from NC NOW summarizing anti-choice legislation and the harm that HB 2 does, an article about anti-choice legislation signed into law in 2015, as well as an article about how disastrous HB 2 is for women.
Roberta Waddle speaking out against HB465 on May 8, 2015, in Fayetteville NC. Part of “Don’t Break Your Promise” tour. Photo Credit: Hannah Osborne
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Here are some pictures from the press conference. See the diversity and the number of organizations represented. I am still hoping for a link to the speeches.
Speaker: Ajamu Dillahunt, Black Workers For Justice
Photo Credit: Markatos Photography
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Excellent documentaries to consider watching – alone or with a group. A few local NC NOW chapters plan to show “The Vessel” as the annual Roe Event on Jan. 28, 2016. CNN just showed “The Hunting Ground” nationally in the third week of November of last year. Raleigh NOW screened Generation M: Misogyny in Media and Culture in 2012.
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On Sunday, Nov 22, at 8pm, CNN will broadcast “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary on rape at universities all over the country. One of the schools “featured” is UNC-Chapel Hill. Parents, grandparents and students need to see it! Really, everyone should see this. Let’s expose this problem, face it and fix it!
See “The Hunting Ground” for free on TV on Sunday Nov 22, at 8pm!
You can read more about this problem and this film at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/do-you-know-how-unsafe-universities-are-for-undergraduate-women/
Here’s the official synopsis for The Hunting Ground:
“From the makers of The Invisible War (2012) comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows the lives of several undergraduate assault survivors as they attempt to pursue – despite incredible push back, harassment, and traumatic aftermath – both their education and justice.”
This is a good film to see with others so you can talk about it afterward. If you want to find a screening party near you, check http://community.seeactstop.org/page/event/search_simple
If you want to host your own screening party, sign up at http://community.seeactstop.org/page/event/create
Or watch at home. You can always blog about it later 😉
Please take this action to help women in the military. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D- New York) will be offering her bill – the Military Justice Improvement Act of 2015 – as amendment 1578 on the FY 16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015. A vote on that amendment is expected on TUESDAY, June 16. Call or email our US Senator Thom Tillis in Washington DC ASAP with the simple message:
Please vote for Sen. Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act of 2015 (MJIA). It is essentially the same as legislation from the 113th Congress, but Sen. Gillibrand has added improvements to address retaliation and obstruction of justice. She will be offering this bill as an amendment to the defense authorization bill on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.
Read more about MJIA at http://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/mjia
In NC, we can contact both of our Senators, but if you only have time for one, contact Senator Thom Tillis (per National NOW’s action alert).
In North Carolina, use this link to find Senator Thom Tillis and Senator Richard Burr. https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/how-to-contact-ncs-us-senators-burr-and-tillis/