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Posted on: October 29, 2018

One-time screening of “I Am Evidence” coming to Armory Performing Arts Center Nov. 29

I AM EVIDENCE

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

 

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