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Watch: Virtual Conversation On Race, Sexual Violence And Police Accountability

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This conversation is part of a long-term CapRadio reporting project on how sexual assault survivors seek justice and healing. This project is supported by the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Impact Fund.

Her other stories in this project include :  

Sexual Assault Survivors Want Less Police, More Trauma-Informed Professionals — Especially For Black Victims

Domestic Violence And Abuse During Coronavirus Pandemic

Tuesday, July 28, 2020


As conversations about defunding the police have sprung up across the U.S., some sexual assault survivors and advocates have joined the fray to call for changes to the system.

Under the current system of policing and investigating sexual violence, many survivors have reported feeling retraumatized, disillusioned and disbelieved. In communities of color, distrust of police can also make some victims hesitant to report. Those issues, and this larger movement around rethinking the role of police, have motivated survivors and activists to consider alternative means for healing and seeking justice.

Watch back this live virtual conversation on why survivors and advocates are joining the movement to defund the police on CapRadio’s Facebook page here.


  • Former Supervising Deputy Attorney General Maggy Krell
  • Sacramento area resident and sexual assault survivor Dominique Green
  • Domestic violence attorney Cassandra Mensah
  • California Coalition Against Sexual Assault Senior Policy Associate John L. Finley

 [This article was originally published by CapRadio.]