The Rape Foundation Annual Brunch, held on September 29, 2013, was hosted by Emily Deschanel (Bones), and Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) and emceed by Board member, David Schwimmer. Deschanel and Radnor spoke to an audience of close to 700 people with powerful statements about their experiences visiting the Rape Treatment Center and Stuart House.
The Foundation also recognized three special dads, Judd Apatow, Albert Brooks and Eric McCormack, for supporting The Rape Foundation’s work and helping to educate other men about their unique roles in the prevention of sexual violence. Founding Board member, Norman Lear, was also honored for his groundbreaking work that raised the nation’s consciousness about rape.
The Rape Foundation also honored LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and personnel in his department for outstanding investigative and forensic crime lab work that led to a conviction in a complex case involving the sexual abuse of two young children.
The Rape Foundation Annual Brunch, held on October 14, 2012, was hosted by Academy Award nominated actress, Viola Davis, and honored Foundation Board member, Norman Lear. Davis spoke to an audience of 800 people with powerful statements about her experience visiting the Rape Treatment Center and Stuart House in addition to sharing her personal connection to sexual violence after seeing how it affected a family member.
This year’s event honored Norman Lear for being a pioneering male voice advocating for victims of rape. He raised national awareness about rape in 1977 after creating an episode of All in the Family that focused on one of the main character’s experience being raped. This episode, “Edith’s 50th Birthday”, reached 40 million people and forever changed the nation’s consciousness about rape.
Special guests this year also included Pennsylvania Attorney General, Linda Kelly, and her Chief of Staff, Bruce Beemer, who were recognized for their work in prosecuting Jerry Sandusky.
The Clothesline Project is an annual event that takes place on college campuses across the country to raise awareness about sexual violence. Victims of rape, childhood sexual abuse, and other forms of violence against women decorate t-shirts as a way to tell their personal stories of abuse.
The t-shirts are hung on clotheslines, creating a powerful, visual representation of the prevalence and impact of sexual violence and abuse. The display represents the voices of survivors who refuse to be silenced.
The Clothesline Project was started in 1990 by the Cape Cod Women’s Agenda.
The Rape Foundation supports Clothesline Projects on college campuses throughout Southern California.
Untested Rape Kits
The science of DNA can now be used to identify rapists and prosecute them.
In a rape case, the victim’s body is a crime scene. When victims consent to the collection of evidence during a medical examination, the evidence is packaged in a “rape kit.” The kits are sent to police crime labs for processing.
Historically, many of these rape kits were never tested. For example, in Los Angeles alone, over 12,000 rape kits sat unopened for years in police departments and crime lab freezers. This means rape cases are not fully investigated and dangerous criminals who could be identified by DNA in these kits instead remain on the streets where they can commit more crimes. Victims are denied justice, and public safety is jeopardized.
The Rape Foundation helped bring this issue to light, and continues to work with law enforcement agencies and public officials to remedy this injustice.