Sexual Assault by Law Enforcement
Thursday, August 18, 2016 / 12-1:30 pm (MST)
Content: Attorney Ritchie will share her research on sexual violence by police officers. She introduced the field to her work at the White House Summit, “The United State of Women: The Movement,” in June. Through research conducted as a Soros Justice Fellow, Ritchie determined that 52 percent of 35 police departments surveyed in the U.S. do not have a policy addressing or preventing sexual violence by police officers, despite the issuance of a 2011 guidance on the subject by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Even policies that do exist are limited in scope and application – some consist of a single line noting that on-duty sexual misconduct is prohibited, but fail to define misconduct or the administrative or legal consequences thereof. Ritchie, Franklin and Liger will discuss the needs of survivors of police sexual violence, service provider response to this particular form of violence, and policy, program, legal and legislative responses.
Presenters: Andrea Ritchie is a 2014 Soros Justice Fellow and police misconduct attorney and organizer who has engaged in extensive research, writing, litigation, organizing and advocacy on profiling, policing, and physical and sexual violence by law enforcement agents against women, girls and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of color in over the past two decades. A nationally recognized expert and sought after commentator on policing issues, she has testified before the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the White House Council on Women and Girls, and the Prison Rape Elimination Commission.
Additional faculty will include Grace Franklin and Candace Liger, founders of Oklahoma City Artists for Justice, a grassroots group who organized around the case of Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Hotlzclaw, tried for the rape and sexual assault of 13 Black girls and women in 2015, convicted, and sentenced to 267 years in prison.