WIFF | FILMS

I AM EVIDENCE

Review

Director:

Trish Adlesic, Geeta Gandbhir

Genre:

Documentary

Country:

USA

Rated:

UNRATED

Year:

2017

Language:

English

Runtime:

89 Minutes

Description:

Produced by Mariska Hargitay, of Law & Order: SVU fame, I Am Evidence exposes the shocking number of untested rape kits in the U.S.  Despite the power of DNA to solve and prevent crimes, hundreds of thousands of kits - each representing an unresolved sexual assault case - languish untested in police evidence storage rooms across the country, including Detroit. The dormant status of these kits, some of which have been in police custody for decades, mirrors the pattern of how the criminal justice system has historically treated sexual assault victims. Meanwhile, perpetrators are never held accountable for their crimes.

 Through the voices and stories of survivors and law enforcement officials working through the backlog, the film reveals the high cost of lingering lassitude surrounding rape investigations and the positive effects of pursuing justice.

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