Charlotte Talks Public Conversation: 'Beyond She Says: Sexual Assault in Charlotte'

Aug 6, 2018

Monday, August 6, 2018

Beyond WFAE’s podcast She Says.  A Public Conversation held last Thursday night with podcast host Sarah Delia, law enforcement and others about whether justice is being served.

This event was broadcast live from McGlohon Theater in uptown Charlotte on Thursday, August 2, 2018.

For a sexual assault survivor, speaking up about abuse can be daunting. Many never come forward. And for those that do, finding a resolution can be a winding and frustrating road.

She Says podcast host Sarah Delia talking with Mike Collins
Credit Daniel Coston

WFAE’s She Says podcast has followed one woman’s story of sexual assault and her long path towards justice. As that podcast concludes, Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins delves further into the topic of sexual assault in Charlotte in a special WFAE Public Conversation.

We find out how these cases are investigated, discuss what victims go through, and explore whether justice is being served. She Says host Sarah Delia joins Mike along with law enforcement officials and victim's rights advocates for a special panel discussion and public forum.

Listen to the audience Q&A after the live panel discussion: 

Mike Collins, Deputy Chief Katrina Graue, Lieutenant John Somerindyke, Sarah Delia, Crystal Emerick.
Credit Daniel Coston


Sarah Delia, WFAE Reporter and host of WFAE’s investigative podcast She Says

Deputy Chief Katrina Graue, Deputy Chief for the Investigative Services group at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Lieutenant John Somerindyke, Special Victims Unit Commander, Fayetteville Police Department

Crystal Emerick, Founder and Executive Director of Brave Step, a nonprofit that supports people impacted by sexual abuse. She's also a sexual assault survivor.

'She Says' podcast host Sarah Delia joined Mike Collins along with law enforcement officials, victims' advocates, and a live audience for a special Public Conversation, Beyond She Says: Sexual Assault in Charlotte from McGlohon Theater.
Credit WFAE/Erin Keever


For survivors of sexual assault, we have compiled some resources to help support you: 

Brave Step
Brave Step strives to educate the person, family and community on the effects of abuse and provide personalized care that will help them live a life free from the constraints of abuse.

Male Survivor
MaleSurvivor has been a leader in the fi ght to improve the resources and support available to male survivors of all forms of sexual abuse.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center
NSVRC’s mission is to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaborating, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research.

North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault
NCCASA believes that education is one of the essential components to preventing sexual violence.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline – 800-656-HOPE

Safe Alliance
This organization assists over 12,000 people annually throughout Mecklenburg County by providing a domestic violence shelter, a victim assistance/ legal representation program, a sexual trauma resource center and access to other services.

1 In 6
The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives.