Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault Kits
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WFAE’s She Says podcast found that all sexual assault survivors don’t have equal access to evidence kits. A little more than half of the 121 hospitals registered to the state have programs and kits. But now, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners at some of those hospitals say the state hasn’t been reimbursing them for the services they provide victims for more than a year.  

Thursday night's panel, from left: Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins, She Says podcast host Sarah Delia, CMPD Deputy Chief Katrina Graue, Lt. John Somerindyke of Fayetteville Police Department, and Brave Step director Crystal Emerick.
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The final episode of WFAE's podcast She Says is out this week, wrapping up — for now — the story of a woman seeking justice after a sexual assault three years ago. Panelists at a WFAE forum last night on the topic agreed that survivors have a difficult road. But they say the system is improving.

For more than a year, WFAE’s Sarah Delia has been speaking to a woman we’re calling Linda. Linda was sexually assaulted in Charlotte over three years ago in June of 2015.

When Linda began speaking to Delia, she didn’t have many answers around the progress of her case. But over the course of WFAE’s investigation, there have been major developments. Linda's story and our findings turned into the podcast, She Says.

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On this week's FAQ City, listener Margaret Peeples has lingering questions about a 2016 report in The Charlotte Observer that found between 2000 and 2016, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department had destroyed more than 1,000 sexual assault kits.

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A state appeals court has ordered UNC Chapel Hill to make public the names of students and employees it has found responsible for rape or sexual assault through the honor court and other non-criminal internal procedures.

The owner of a Charlotte summer camp has been accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl while she attended his camp in the summer of 2017. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have arrested and charged a 29-year-old man in connection with three sexual battery incidents that occurred in the University area Friday night. David Keith Kenney is currently in custody in the Mecklenburg County Jail.

Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department

CMPD's Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit has charged a 56-year-old Charlotte man with two sexual assaults that happened in the 1990s. The arrest came with the help of new tests on DNA gathered in the cases.

More Than 15,000 Untested Sex Assault Kits In NC

Feb 28, 2018
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There are more than 15,000 sexual assault evidence collection kits in North Carolina that have yet to be tested, according to the numbers compiled by the Department of Justice and made available by Attorney General Josh Stein’s office and the state crime lab.

Negative Space

WFAE is working on a story about sexual assault in the Charlotte area. And right now, we hope to hear from you. 

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