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Screening – I Am Evidence
June 12 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
I Am Evidence exposes the shocking number of untested rape kits in the United States today, estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands. Despite the power of DNA to solve and prevent crimes, these kits containing potentially crucial evidence languish untested in police evidence storage rooms. Behind each of these kits lies an individual’s unresolved sexual assault case. The film introduces viewers to several of these survivors, who still await justice, as well as the prosecutors, investigators, advocates and journalists fighting on their behalf.
In Ohio, former Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty created a task force that undertook the testing of 5,000 backlogged kits, leading to the identification of more than 410 suspected serial rapists, who have been linked to more than 1,127 victims.
Additionally, I Am Evidence follows survivors’ experiences as they trace the fates of their kits and re-engage in the criminal justice process, which shows the disturbing pattern of how the system has historically treated sexual assault victims.