PERL’s position is that civil asset forfeiture creates incentives for law enforcement to focus on revenue generating crimes (like drug offenses) at the expense of other crimes — like rape.
There are several local No More campaigns now, including those in California, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. But one campaign that caught my attention this year was in Memphis. It shows how the No More toolkit can be used to try and plaster over a bad situation with symbols and empty rhetoric.
Meaghan Ybos, executive director of People for the Enforcement of Rape Laws, questioned why authorities waited so long to investigate the rape. “Why was rape singled out as the crime that police wouldn’t investigate?” she said.
We are starting off the year with several new peer support group dates. We will meet every other Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at 3573 Southern Avenue.
These palm cards contain practical resources for people who have been sexually assaulted and need help.
This is the only sexual violence support group offered in Memphis.
Contrary to the popular narrative, untested rape kits are not the problem. They are just one symptom of larger problems with policing rape.
Police departments have a strong incentive to manipulate crime data because lower crime rates make public officials look more successful.