May 10, 2018
NYU DC Dialogues, the Joyful Heart Foundation, and EMILY's List presented a special screening of the HBO documentary film I AM EVIDENCE. This moving documentary exposes the alarming number of untested rape kits in the United States, bringing much needed attention to the disturbing pattern of how the criminal justice system has historically treated sexual assault survivors.
The film was followed by a post-screening discussion with EMILY's List Executive Director, Emily Cain, and the Joyful Heart Foundation's Managing Director, Sarah Haacke Byrd. EMILY's List CEO, Stephanie Schriock, introduced both the film and the discussants.
I AM EVIDENCE exposes the alarming number of untested rape kits in the United States through a character–driven narrative, bringing much needed attention to the disturbing pattern of how the criminal justice system has historically treated sexual assault survivors.
Why is there a rape kit backlog? What can we do to fix the problem? This film explores these questions through survivors’ experiences as they trace the fates of their kits and re-engage in the criminal justice process. I AM EVIDENCE illuminates how the system has impeded justice while also highlighting those who are leading the charge to work through the backlog and pursue long-awaited justice in these cases.
In this film, we seek to send a clear message to survivors that they matter, that we as a nation will do everything possible to bring them a path to healing and justice, and that their perpetrators will be held accountable for their crimes.
CO-DIRECTOR and PRODUCER
CO-DIRECTOR and SUPERVISING EDITOR
Maile M. Zambuto
Lauran & Myrna Bromley
Regina K. Scully
Pamela Schein Murphy & Marc Murphy