Student-Alumni Network & Begun Center Host "I AM EVIDENCE" Screening Oct. 24

Boxes of untested sexual assault kits with the movie name I AM EVIDENCE

Join the Mandel School of Applied Sciences Student-Alumni Network and the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education for the I AM EVIDENCE movie screening and discussion. The film is produced by the Joyful Heart Foundation and Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) and exposes the shocking number of untested rape kits in the United States today.

  • When: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018; 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Where: Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Noble Commons 
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  • 2 PD hours available; 1 CEU hour pending.
  • Contact: Leah Adams (, Mandel School Student-Alumni Network or Samantha Cocco (, Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education

This compelling documentary follows stories of survivors who have waited years for their kits to be tested, as well as the law enforcement officials who are leading the charge to work through the backlog and pursue long-awaited justice in these cases. I AM EVIDENCE reveals the high cost of the lingering weariness and need for healing surrounding rape investigations in this country, and the positive effects of treating survivors with the respect they deserve and an opportunity for justice.

I AM EVIDENCE features a particular focus on Cuyahoga County, where the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Task Force is following up on the testing of nearly 5,000 previously untested rape kits. 

Since 2015, the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences has been the Task Force’s research partner. The Sexual Assault Kit Investigation (SAKI) project team consists of Rachel Lovell, PhD; Center director Daniel J. Flannery, PhD; Misty Luminais, PhD; Maggie McGuire; Joanna Klingenstein; Laura T. Overman, MEd; Duoduo Huang, MS, and doctoral students Cherry Huang, Kristen Berg, and Liuhong Yang.

A post-movie panel discussion will be moderated by Ilse Knecht, Policy Director, Joyful Heart Foundation, and will feature

  • Rachel Dissell, Reporter, Cleveland Plain Dealer; 
  • Mary Weston, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office 
  • Teresa Stafford, Senior Director of Victim Services and Outreach and Cuyahoga County SART Coordinator, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. Teresa will be accompanied by two very special guests - Mrs. Shondreka Jones, Survivor, and Ms. Dee, Survivor in the Charles Steele case. Both women will humbly and bravely join the panel to share their personal experiences with the issues raised in the documentary.