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I'm Julie Belew and I am the producer and host of this limited series about how my community of Springfield, Missouri responds and supports victims of sexual assault. An article from CNN exposed some pretty awful news about the past trashing of local rape kits. But because of the article, a sexual assault task force was formed. I want to keep our town accountable to survivors. We get deep into trauma in this podcast, so please take care of yourself while listening and know when you need to stop and talk to someone if you are triggered. Call 1-800-656-HOPE and visit www.rapethepodcast.com

I'm Julie Belew and I am the producer and host of this limited series about how my community of Springfield, Missouri responds and supports victims of sexual assault. An article from CNN exposed some pretty awful news about the past trashing of local rape kits. But because of the article, a sexual assault task force was formed. I want to keep our town accountable to survivors. We get deep into trauma in this podcast, so please take care of yourself while listening and know when you need to stop and talk to someone if you are triggered. Call 1-800-656-HOPE and visit www.rapethepodcast.com

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I'm Julie Belew and I am the producer and host of this limited series about how my community of Springfield, Missouri responds and supports victims of sexual assault. An article from CNN exposed some pretty awful news about the past trashing of local rape kits. But because of the article, a sexual assault task force was formed. I want to keep our town accountable to survivors. We get deep into trauma in this podcast, so please take care of yourself while listening and know when you need to stop and talk to someone if you are triggered. Call 1-800-656-HOPE and visit www.rapethepodcast.com

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English

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417-763-1382


Episodes

Episode 12 (The Family Justice Center Solution)

1/13/2021
In this final episode of Rape, the Podcast, I found the perfect way to end this series with a talk with Jamie Willis of the Greene County Family Justice Center. It's not as institutional as it sounds. They offer everything a victim needs under one roof. Here we are at the end of this limited series. I've been surprised by the audacity of many of my guests and so happy to get to know our city's leaders who have taken this issue to heart. We have come so far and all we have to do is keep...

Duration:00:30:10

Episode 11 (Surviving Quarantine and SPD Chief Paul Williams)

12/30/2020
Stay-at-home orders, intended to protect the public and prevent widespread infection, left many victims trapped with their abusers. In this episode, I talk to Janice Thompson again about why this is happening and what we can even do about it. Then I finally talk to Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams about his role in Springfield, Missouri’s Sexual Assault Task Force, and answers questions about how far his department has come since the destruction of rape kits. Rape, the Podcast is...

Duration:00:47:48

Rape, the Podcast Episode 10 (Accountability and Action)

12/16/2020
I have a candid conversation with Springfield City Counsel Member, Phyllis Ferguson. She, along with only a few other city leaders get to turn the Sexual Assault Task Force's recommendations and turn them into reality. If you've ever wondered what the City Council does, this will give you an idea. How do we get every facet of our community to sign up for this incredible undertaking? We are gonna need your help! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/rapethepodcast/message

Duration:00:45:22

Rape, the Podcast Episode 9 (Victims Stories as we learn about Surviving Trauma)

12/2/2020
In this episode, I need to alert you to triggers as we talk with more victims about their experiences surviving sexual trauma. First, I talk with a teen who has just begun to process what happened to her when a friend violated her. Inspired by my podcast interviewees, I'm going to tell you what happened to me and since I never dealt with it, how those experiences have reappeared in my body. I also talk with Tachianna Ortis who has written a book, Surviving Trauma, about how through her many...

Duration:00:39:25

Rape, the Podcast Episode 8 (Millie Sawyer and Underserved Communities)

11/18/2020
Listen to the story of Millie Sawyer, a strong woman of color who won her freedom in Greene County before the Dred Scott case. And before you listen to this episode, check out the link below to hear my friend, Frances Cadora's podcast, Look at Me Now, Episode 9 where she talks to a life coach specializing in families that have gender issues. Fran and Sarah Kennedy discuss the importance of introducing yourself along with your pronouns. I feel like it's important for you to hear that before...

Duration:00:51:43

Rape, the Podcast Episode 7 (Rape Kit Changes Require a Trauma-Informed Community)

11/4/2020
Springfield Police and The SAFE Kit Initiative from the Missouri Attorney General’s Office are dusting old rape kits off and crafting a victim-friendly plan to get every single one of them tested. The results of the addition of successful DNA results to CODIS is going to be a challenge for authorities and advocates. We’ll need to be sure we are working towards a trauma-informed community to support especially the victims who end up with hits in that system. I speak with Brandi Bartel who has...

Duration:00:52:46

Rape, the Podcast Episode 6 (Victims Rights and Prosecution)

10/21/2020
An especially important recommendation from Springfield's Sexual Assault Task Force was to educate the community about victim rights. In the next episode, we will learn about these rights. Plus, a local survivor talks about how the community of Springfield has held her up as she goes through the arduous process of seeking justice while trying get one more predator off our streets. Finally Springfield Prosecuting Attorney, Dan Patterson will tell us more about the process. Other communities...

Duration:00:57:48

Rape, the Podcast Episode 5 (How Other Cities Compare to Springfield's Treatment of Victims and How We Can Strengthen Community Support)

10/7/2020
In this episode, we talk more about what Springfield, Missouri is doing to improve response to sexual assault. We hear more from Lisa Farmer from the Harmony House about how that organization works to help various segments of the Springfield community. Then we look at what other cities are doing and speak with Janine D’Anniballe, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and a nationally recognized expert in sexual assault and traumatic stress, and treatment for survivors who works with MESA (Moving to...

Duration:00:54:14

Rape the Podcast, Episode 4 (The SATF Report and Conversation with Survivor of Child Molestation)

9/23/2020
Springfield's Sexual Assault Task Force released their report on November 12, 2019. I'll tell you what was in the report and talk with task force member, Lisa Farmer from the Harmony House about the way they went about processing the tasks that the task force laid out. I also speak again with Janice Thompson about ways that everyone can help victims of rape. The final discussion in this episode is with a former political candidate who is a survivor of child molestation. He'll tell us about...

Duration:00:44:00

Rape, the Podcast Episode 3 (How shame can impede victims; SPD responds to CNN article and local metoo; Interview with domestic abuse survivor)

9/9/2020
In this episode, I'll tell you more about the Springfield Police Chief's response to the CNN article and what efforts he says his department has made that were not included in CNN's reporting. Plus, our local chapter of #Metoo meets with the Chief to get questions answered. And a member or the Sexual Assault Task Force talks about how her violent ex-husband has impacted her life and the effect he's had on how she is raising her sons. I've added more information to www.rapethepodcast to...

Duration:00:34:32

Rape, the Podcast Episode 2 (Reporting rape to police, or not)

8/26/2020
In the 2nd episode of Rape, the Podcast, I talk with a victim of rape who went through the reporting system one time and was spit out dirty. When she was raped again, she refused to press charges. Also in this episode, Springfield Police Chief Paul Wiliams apologizes to victims whose rape kits were destroyed; and I talk with a friend I went to high school with about the rape she experienced and how it's affected her life. If we just keep blaming this on the system we will never be able to...

Duration:00:38:40

Rape, the Podcast: Episode 1 (The story from CNN about the trashing of rape kits in Springfield, Missouri)

8/12/2020
I kick off the first episode with the CNN story that got me thinking about how our community of Springfield, Missouri responds to rape. Hundreds of rape kits, trashed by the Springfield Police Department years ago exposed at https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2018/11/investigates/police-destroyed-rapekits/. I want to help desensitize this topic so that we can freely talk about rape and work together as a community to respect victims, help them get justice, and deter it from even happening. I’m...

Duration:00:17:42

Rape, the Podcast - Preview Episode

8/10/2020
I'm Julie Belew (aka Julie Barry from my radio days) and I am producing a podcast about how my community of Springfield, Missouri responds and supports (or doesn't support) victims of sexual assault. An article from CNN exposed some pretty awful practices by the Springfield Police Department but because of the article, a sexual assault task force was formed, I'm hoping to keep our town accountable so that survivors will have better experiences than they had before....

Duration:00:15:30