The public widely regards police abuses like brutality and racial profiling as civil rights violations.
What many don’t know, however, is that the United States Department of Justice has applied the label of “constitutionally prohibited discrimination” to the practices of several law enforcement agencies which, the DOJ found, had routinely mishandled rape cases.
Many civilians question whether gender bias impacts the policing of sex crimes in their communities.
We believe that the systematic law enforcement failure to investigate, arrest, and prosecute rapists violates both civil and human rights of victims.
We recognize that the majority of sex crimes, an estimated 63%, are never reported.
While law enforcement encourages victims to report, many rape victims find reporting to be a perilous misadventure. Officers mistreat victims in a variety of ways from forcing victims to prove their own cases to coercing victims to recanting their statements to arresting victims for false reporting. A “second trauma” or “re-victimization,” the reporting experience can add to and exacerbate the trauma of the assault itself. This phenomenon is known as institutional betrayal.
Our mission is to overcome — and help others overcome — the institutional practices that effectively decriminalize sexual violence.
We accomplish this through information, education, lobbying, and advocacy.
We also offer resources to help individuals and grassroots organizations advocate for themselves and effect systemic change.
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