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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

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...

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...

What backlog?

Neglected Testing

Contrary to the popular narrative, untested rape kits are not the problem. They are just one symptom of larger problems with policing rape.

Neglected Data

Police departments have a strong incentive to manipulate crime data because lower crime rates make public officials look more successful.