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Articles of Interest – 12/17/18

So many great articles are published all of the time. These articles were included in online email on 12/17/18. They include one written on the need for Medicaid expansion to help military families and opioid victims, written by a member of Fayetteville NOW <3.

Tuesdays With Tillis Rally on Medicaid/Medicare and Social Security anniversaries Photo Credit: Michael Eisenberg

1. The first was written by Fayetteville NOW member Jenn Alexander!
Expand Medicaid for military families and the opioid epidemic,” 12/13/18, NC Policy Watch

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Peeples: Why is Evidence Ignored in Storage and Thrown Away?

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.

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Update on Women’s Marches in DC and around US on 1/21/17

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!

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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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Reinstate victim of domestic abuse and work discrimination

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.

Shirley Venable.blackactivistzine.org Shirley Venable
Photo Credit: http://www.blackactivistzine.org

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.   

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