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A New Series from Reveal and Pro Publica

As we slide into the holidays I hope everyone stays happy and healthy, looking forward to the new year. Without a doubt the last few months have been tumultuous for those of us working with and for victims of crime. So much turmoil, in fact, that one can be forgiven for not keeping up. I certainly haven’t. I started a post months ago about new research on the impact of firearms in interpersonal violence, only to get sidetracked by the tragedy of the Parkland shooting. Likewise, events took over intended posts about the present SCOTUS term, and new changes to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights rules for investigating and adjudicating sexual harassment and sexual assault in educational institutions. But posts will be coming soon. 

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As I said in my last post, I’ve had the opportunity to respond to several media outlet requests for interviews and comment about some of the news of the day. Among them was the chance to talk with journalists from Reveal and Pro Publica about how prosecutors make the decision to charge, or more likely, not charge cases of sexual assault. 

The two-part series aired on November 10 and November 17. Both are worth a listen, and are available wherever you get your podcasts, and here at the Reveal website. Here’s how the series is described by Reveal.


"We team up with Newsy and ProPube rape cases than they actually are."








part 2"He seemed to confess to the crime, twice to his ex-girlfriend, once to police. But prosecutors never charged him." 








Woman checks airport   To everyone who is, like me, travelling this season for work or family, here's wishing all safe travels with no delays. I will be catching up on posting soon. Tips on topice you want to hear about are always welcome. Remember my new email address. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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"Again, thank you for your time, knowledge, and efforts to share your experiences.  It was a great 2-days and I wish to learn much more."
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"I just wanted to say thank you for such an excellent lecture. It was extremely insightful and definitely had me thinking about how I would begin to form how I would conduct interviews on such a difficult topic. It was nice for me (someone who's never interviewed a victim like that) to go in with no knowledge or bias and be able to completely absorb what you were teaching."
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