The statewide investigative news nonprofit organization, Carolina Public Press, will hold a community Newsmakers forum on women’s health and safety issues, with a focus on sexual assault in North Carolina, from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at Studio 215 in Fayetteville.
The free and public forum, Unbalanced Justice: Sexual Assault in NC, will include the results a six-month long journalism project investigating the rates of sexual assault convictions in North Carolina.
The investigation, led by Carolina Public Press, is in collaboration with ten news partners in North Carolina: Durham Herald Sun, The Fayetteville Observer, Hickory Daily Record, NC Health News, The (Raleigh) News & Observer, (Greensboro) News & Record, Winston-Salem Journal, WLOS News 13, WRAL-TV and WUNC North Carolina Public Radio. The statewide reporting series is currently scheduled to be published in March.
In addition to discussions about the collaboration’s findings, the forum will also feature conversations with community organizations, state leaders and policy makers, law enforcement and prosecutors, survivors and others about concerns about and possible solutions to reporting, investigating, prosecuting and convicting sexual assault cases in North Carolina.
Panelists will be:
- Deanne Gerdes, executive director, Rape Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland County
- Liz Herring, sexual assault nurse examiner, Cape Fear Valley Health System
- Alicia Marks, assistant district attorney, NC Prosecutorial District 14, Cumberland County
- Lt. John Somerindyke, commander, Special Victims Unit, Fayetteville Police Department
- Bella Truong, assistant district attorney, NC Prosecutorial District 14, Cumberland County
For more information on how to sponsor, attend or comment on the series, contact Carolina Public Press at 828-774-5290 or email News and Community Partnerships Manager Stephanie Carson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is one of three forums the organization is holding on this topic in March. Other locations include Raleigh (March 20) and Charlotte/Huntersville (March 26). Visit www.carolinapublicpress.org for details.