Join Us in Showing Support for DC Survivors of Sexual Assault! DC Council Public Safety Hearing TOMORROW, 6/27

This Thursday, June 27 at 11:00am, the DC Council Judiciary Committee will host a roundtable hearing to discuss the findings of an independent review team’s investigation into DC police’s mishandling of sexual assault cases — and we want you there to help voice support for protecting survivors of sexual assault!

Please join us in showing support for survivors of sexual assault and
help us fill the room tomorrow!

The independent review is a result of the January 2013 report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on DC Police’s gross mismanagement of sexual assault cases. The report found that at least 170 reports of sexual assault that occurred in DC between 2008-2011 were not properly investigated. It details heart-wrenching narratives of survivors who allege that MPD detectives discouraged them from reporting, posed victim-blaming or inappropriate questions, questioned their credibility and told them that they were wasting the detective’s time. “Sexual assault is the most under-reported violent crime in the US, largely because many victims fear that their cases will not be taken seriously and that police will not believe them,” said Sara Darehshori, senior counsel at Human Rights Watch and the author of the report.

DC Council Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety Hearing
Results and Recommendations of the Review of the Human Rights Watch Report on MPD’s Handling of Sexual Assault Investigations

Thursday [TOMORROW], June 27, 2013 @ 11am
Wilson Building, Room 412
1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Alarmed by the report’s findings, Councilmember Tommy Wells, chairman of the D.C. Council’s public safety committee, initiated an independent review of its findings. “We want to find a way to reassure people that have been victimized through sexual abuse that they have a government that will effectively respond to what they need,” said Wells. We agree! It is critical that our government and police force respect and support survivors of sexual assault — and we must do everything in our power to ensure that happens.

CASS will attend this Thursday’s DC Council meeting along with community advocates and Sara Dareshori, author of the HRW report and expert on police handling of sexual assault cases. Our presence will let DC Council know that the community is paying attention and that we want the DC government to do right by survivors and make improvements to Metropolitan Police Department transparency and accountability.