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Winter 1-10-2016


Rachel Dissell, reporter for The Cleveland Plain Dealer for the past 13 years and human rights advocate, joined SWB on October 26, 2015 to discuss her work in the discovery of 4,000 untested rape kits in Cleveland, Ohio. Dissell discusses the complicated processes of collecting a rape kit, bringing a case to trial, and prosecuting rapists. She offers insights into institutional barriers that prevented the initial investigation of the rape kits and discusses the human rights of the victims, as their cases are brought to trial, sometimes twenty years after the crime was committed. Dissell provides SWB with a provocative discussion of human rights and sexual assault. Dissell’s work continues to shape practices of police departments and implementation of human rights of victims across the world.