Shattering Silences: Strategies to Prevent Sexual Assault, Heal Survivors, and Bring Assailants to Justice

Shattering Silences: Strategies to Prevent Sexual Assault, Heal Survivors, and Bring Assailants to Justice

by Christopher Johnston

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An in-depth look at revolutionary new ways to handle sexual assaults.

Every two minutes someone in the US is sexually assaulted, and each year there are nearly 300,000 victims of sexual assault. But victims are no longer silent, and new practices by police, prosecutors, nurses, and rape crisis professionals are resulting in more humane and compassionate treatment of victims and more aggressive pursuit and prosecution of perpetrators.

Shattering Silencesa is the first book to cover these new approaches and partnerships. Christopher Johnston shows how the people and organizations implementing these new approaches are having far-reaching impacts on helping victims heal and making it more likely that predators will be arrested and sentenced. His in-depth portrayals of the altruistic and hard-working people behind these radical approaches—based on seven years of interviews—provide a template of best practices for other organizations and communities to follow. With sexual assault taking center stage these days, Shattering Silences is more important than ever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510727588
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 943 KB

About the Author

Christopher Johnston has published more than 3,000 articles in both regional and national publications, including The Plain Dealer, The Christian Science Monitor, and He wrote a cover story for The Christian Science Monitor about a rape in Cleveland and the city’s solutions for curbing sexual violence.

Table of Contents

Introduction: An End to the Dark Ages: Giving Voice to Survivors vii

Part 1 What Cleveland Has Learned 1

Chapter 1 Abandoned Evidence: Shondreka Lloyd's Case, Part 1 2

Chapter 2 The Rock: Kirsti Mouncey and the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center 10

Chapter 3 The Healers: Elizabeth Booth, RN, SANE-A, and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners 28

Chapter 4 The Enlightened Leader: Commander James McPike and the CPD Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit 53

Chapter 5 The Past Is the Future: Richard Bell and the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force 73

Chapter 6 The Science of DNA Profiles for CODIS: Lewis Maddox and the Richfield OBCI Laboratory 88

Chapter 7 The Research Partner: Rachel Lovell Disseminates Best Practices for the Future 103

Chapter 8 Reclaimed Evidence: Shondreka Lloyd, Part 2 116

Part 2 Detroit Digs Out from a Pile of Darkness 127

Chapter 9 The Enforcer: Kym Worthy and the Decision 128

Chapter 10 Coalescing Forces: The Fall 2016 SAK Task Force Summit with Cleveland and Memphis 144

Chapter 11 The Scientist-Researcher: Rebecca Campbell's Psychological Paradigm Shift 166

Chapter 12 The Investigator: Mark Farrah and the Wayne County SAK Task Force 184

Chapter 13 The Motor City Healers: Kim Hurst and Wayne County SAFE 194

Part 3 Individual Change Makers 207

Chapter 14 Marathon Woman: Liz Ferro and Girls with Sole 208

Chapter 15 Marathon Man: Mike Pistorino Shatters the Silence of Child Sexual Abuse 225

Part 4 Learning from Mistakes 247

Chapter 16 Triumphs and Tribulations in Memphis and Other Cities 248

Part 5 What's Next? 263

Chapter 17 The Pillars of Rape Kit Reform: Ilse Knecht and the Joyful Heart Foundation 264

Epilogue: The Sexual Assault Paradigm Shift of 2017 283

Selected Bibliography 289

Index 293

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