SFPD in full compliance with rape kit testing rules

SFPD in full compliance with rape kit testing rules

By Jonah Owen Lamb Source: San Francisco Examiner The San Francisco Police Department is fully in compliance with new rules requiring it to test rape kits and notify victims about those results, department officials told the Police Commission on Wednesday night. Since...
On the Record: Heather Marlowe, Playwright

On the Record: Heather Marlowe, Playwright

By Victoria Garber Source: The Oberlin Review May 5, 2017 Playwright, actor and activist Heather Marlowe graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2009 with a degree in art history before moving to San Francisco, where she dedicated much of her time...
Statement on Lt. Ouita Knowlton

Statement on Lt. Ouita Knowlton

As an organization comprised of people who have been impacted by sexual violence, PERL is very concerned by revelations that Lt. Ouita Knowlton, the award-winning supervisor of the MPD’s DNA Unit, was relieved of duty April 3 and now faces a criminal...
DNA Unit supervisor under criminal investigation

DNA Unit supervisor under criminal investigation

By Kendall Downing Source: WMC May 1, 2017 Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich confirmed Monday her office is involved in the investigation of MPD Lt. Ouita Knowlton, which could include criminal charges. Knowlton is a 23-year veteran of the force and last...
More women join lawsuit over rape kits

More women join lawsuit over rape kits

By Katie Fretland Source: Commercial Appeal April 17, 2017 More women are joining legal proceedings against the city over the accumulation of thousands of untested rape kits disclosed three years ago. Meanwhile a campaign is looking for “lost survivors” of...

Civil Asset Forfeiture: A Threat to Rape Policing

What is civil asset forfeiture? Civil asset forfeiture is a legal mechanism allows law enforcement agencies to confiscate and keep property without ever charging the owner with a crime. In Tennessee, proceeds from seizures are funneled straight back into the budgets...