GGE Policy Manager Talks Police Sexual Violence With ThinkProgress
Andrea Ritchie is an attorney, organizer, and the author of Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color. Ritchie spoke with GGE Policy Manager Kylynn Grier on the way states are falling short in their efforts to tackle police sexual violence.
Given the failure of many police departments to adequately investigate complaints of sexual violence by police officers, advocates are also calling for giving survivors of sexual violence by law enforcement officers the option of reporting to someone other than the police – whether it’s the department that employs the officer or another one. While New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) recently took important steps in this direction, it still lacks the resources, authority, and political will to take on serious complaints of police sexual violence. In Illinois, unions blocked legislative efforts to have complaints of police sexual violence independently investigated by a civilian oversight agency.
According to Kylynn Grier of Girls for Gender Equity, an organization that is part of the push to have the CCRB take over cases of sexual harassment assault by police, survivors need access to services, accountability, and compensation, regardless of whether the police officers who perpetrate sexual violence against them are prosecuted.
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