Would Your Rape Be Counted?

At least 1 in 6 women in the U.S. will be raped in their lifetime. An estimated 1 in 10 rape victims are male, and studies have suggested that 1 in 2 transgender people will be sexually assaulted. But unless a rape fits the FBI’s 82-year-old definition, “The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and […]

War on Drugs 1, War on Rape 0

I was called to jury duty last week at federal court in Los Angeles. Thirty-five prospective jurors were asked if they could fairly judge a man accused of selling a “small amount of a controlled substance”–crack cocaine–to an undercover cop. (In total, six undercover cops worked to bring this guy down!) When asked in voir […]

Rape Kit Backlog Hits Primetime on “SVU”

A woman is raped. Four times by the same man over a 15-year period. She is afraid to leave her home and hires people to do her shopping and all her outside chores. She works inside her apartment, which is locked up like a prison cell at San Quentin. She is the prisoner; terrorized, badly […]

Making Us SAFER: A Bill to Reduce Rape Kit Backlog

Over 400,000 rape kits sit untested in refrigerators around the U.S. Any clues they may hold to rapists’ identities remain buried. But if the SAFER Act passes, the situation could drastically change. Yesterday, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) introduced a bill that would fund audits of unprocessed rape kits in cities […]