Ask Me Anything!

8 days ago from Debbie Millman, School of Visual Arts

  • Matthew Hollingsworth, 8 days ago

    Hey Debbie! Thanks so much for being here. We really appreciate it.

    I'll kick things off: What project or initiative that you've done over past year are you most proud of?

    Thanks again!

    DN folks -- Debbie will be here until 1pm PST, so make sure you get in questions before then!

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    • , 8 days ago

      Hi Matthew! I am most proud of the work I do with Joyful Heart Foundation. We've been working tirelessly on ending the rape-kit backlog in this country. Despite the power of DNA to solve and prevent crimes, hundreds of thousands of rape kits, containing potentially crucial DNA evidence, are languishing untested in police evidence storage rooms and crime labs across the country. Behind each of these kits is a person—a sexual assault survivor—who is still waiting for justice. Currently, only 10 states (Colorado, Georgia, Hawai'i, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas) have passed laws requiring the testing of all kits, both backlogged and newly collected. Most jurisdictions do not track rape kits, most states do not require testing, and very few prohibit the destruction of rape kit evidence. The national backlog of untested rape kits is an unconscionable failure of the criminal justice system to take rape seriously. So doing this work feels like my life's mission!

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      • Matthew Hollingsworth, 8 days ago

        Amazing. This is really important work, and I'm glad there are people like yourself and your team supporting it.

        If members of the DN community wanted to help, what would be the best way to do so?

        Thanks!

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        • , 8 days ago

          If anyone is interested the best way to get involved is to DM me on twitter, (my DM's are open) and we can discuss! I'm @debbiemillman on twitter.

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