On Thursday, Nov. 29, the 17th Judicial District Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) in partnership with the Brighton Police Department will host a free screening beginning at 6:30 p.m. of “I am Evidence” at the Armory Performing Arts Center, 300 Strong St.
Each year hundreds of thousands of rape evidence kits sit on shelves waiting to be processed. This documentary explores how sexual assault cases have been historically processed in the United States.
According to the Colorado Bureau
of Investigation this backlog of evidence is not an issue in Colorado because the
state was proactive several years back to get a handle on its backlog with the
House Bill 2013-1020 legislation (CRS
24-33.5-113). Current kits that are submitted to the Colorado Bureau of
Investigation are worked within 180 days and all law enforcement agencies in
our state are now mandated to submit the kits to the CBI or other accredited
laboratories (Denver Police Department, Colorado Springs Police Department and
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office) within 21 days of receipt of the kits from
the medical facility.
The 17th Judicial District also has a variety of resources in combatting sexual violence such as the 17th Judicial District Sexual Assault Response Team, Blue Bench, medical forensic nurses, Commerce City/Brighton Sexual Assault Task Force, Start by Believing and You Have Options Program.
Following the movie, we will host a live panel with five
experts from the community: Brighton Police Chief Paul Southard, Commerce City
Police Chief Clinton Nichols, District Attorney Dave Young, Blue Bench Executive
Director Karmen Carter and Nanette Delancey, the Sex Assault Nurse Examiner
Program Supervisor at St. Anthony Hospitals.
While the screening is free, seating is limited so you’re encouraged to get your ticket in advance by visiting www.tugg.com/events/screening-of-i-am-evidence.
This documentary is recommended for ages 13 and older due to
the topics discussed. It’s aimed for the same viewing demographic of those who
watch Law & Order: SVU. One of the producers of
the documentary is Mariska Hargitay, who many people know for her role as
Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU.
The trailer to the documentary can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_b1SbbSu6Y