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Charlotte Talks: 'She Says' Podcast Launch And Discussion About Sexual Assault

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

We preview an important new WFAE podcast - She Says - which follows one sexual assault victim’s quest for justice. Mike Collins and his guests also discuss why many sexual assault survivors struggle to find a resolution to their cases.

The #MeToo movement helped bring the issues of sexual assault and harassment out of the shadows and into the sunlight. It's urged victims to speak out and brought more attention to misconduct and crimes committed against women. But for many, that's only the beginning of the story and finding any kind of resolution can be a winding road.

On Thursday, WFAE is launching a new podcast that highlights one of those stories. 'She Says' follows one sexual assault victim's quest for justice. "Linda" was assaulted by a stranger in Charlotte in 2015. Since then, she's tried to navigate a complicated system full of dead ends, to try to find answers and a resolution. She says she knows who the perpetrator is, but has struggled to find justice.

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WFAE reporter and She Says podcast host Sarah Delia.

Sarah Delia, WFAE reporter and host of She Says, has been tracking Linda's story for over a year. She's talked with detectives, forensic scientists, other survivors and attorneys to better understand how the justice system works and how it can better serve victims.

We'll get a preview of the podcast and hear about Linda's story, as well as discuss the struggle sexual assault survivors experience in finding some semblance of justice in a murky system.

'She Says' launches on May 31st. New episodes come out every Thursday. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and wherever you find podcasts. Visit the She Says website for more information. 

Guests

Sarah Delia, WFAE Reporter and host of She Says, a new investigative podcast from WFAE

Crystal Emerick, Founder and Executive Director of Brave Step, a nonprofit that supports people impacted by sexual abuse

Carly Mee, Attorney and Executive Director of SurvJustice, a non-profit that provides legal representation for survivors of sexual violence in civil, campus and criminal systems

Charlotte Talks requested a representative from CMPD to join the panel, but they declined due to scheduling conflicts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LL-jjxKAeM

Brave Step works with adults who have been impacted by sexual abuse. Find more information about the programs they offer at BraveStep.org

Safe Alliance provides 24/7 confidential services to those impacted by sexual assault. Their hotline number is 704-375-9900 or visit their website at SafeAlliance.org

The National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline is 800.656.HOPE (4673) or visit RAINN.org for more information about recovering from sexual assault.

Additional resources from the WFAE She Says podcast

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Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.