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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 investigation. We...

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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 Memphis...

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People for the Enforcement of Rape Laws is a program of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center to monitor law enforcement responses to sexual violence.  Our goal is to end the law enforcement and political practices that effectively decriminalize sexual violence.   To this end, we connect victims with information about their rights and equip individuals with tools to advocate for themselves and others and advocate for fair criminal justice policies.  We urge you to learn more about America’s hidden rape crisis, where it has been exposed, and why it matters.  We invite you to take action and support our efforts to make sure law enforcement takes rape seriously.