University of Arizona Lieutenant David Caballero will never forget the day he opened his computer to find an email from former student Jillian Corsie sitting in his inbox.
“It was October 28, 2015,” Caballero told HuffPost last week. “I’ll never forget that date.”
The veteran cop had just sat down at his desk and begun deleting the junk folder in his inbox when he came across something that caught his eye. It was an email from a woman he had crossed paths with more than a decade ago. Although he didn’t remember her, she remembered him.
“I’ve carried your card around in my wallet since the night we met,” Corsie wrote. “Ten years ago this month you interviewed me about a rape I experienced on campus. After an embarrassing and horrible interview for me, the [University of Arizona Police Department] deemed my experience ‘consensual.’”
Corsie told HuffPost that she was raped in 2005 by a male classmate in her dorm room during the first month of college. When she turned to her friends for help, most of them were wildly unsupportive. Her boyfriend didn’t believe her and thought she had simply cheated on him. Corsie later went to local police for help, but they told her “not to mix alcohol and beauty,” she said. The two patrol supervisors on duty that day, Caballero and another officer, concluded in their report that “a sexual assault did not occur.”
Caballero said he was stunned by Corsie’s email and the response he had given her that day 10 years ago. He immediately picked up the phone and called her.
That interaction sparked Corsie and co-director Amy Rosner to create their short film, aptly titled “Second Assault,” which HuffPost is exclusively premiering below. “Second Assault” is a documentary-style film that follows Corsie as she confronts the people who failed her after she reported her rape in 2005.
“The film is about my journey to confront a system that failed me, and also to confront the culture that we live in — and how that supports this idea of a second assault, which isn’t necessarily just what happens when you report, but also what happens when your friends and boyfriends and people around you don’t believe you,” Corsie told HuffPost in 2017 when she and Rosner were still crowdfunding.
In the film, Corsie confronts Caballero face-to-face and tells him about their interaction 10 years prior. Caballero, for his part, is open and honest about his missteps and points to a lack of trauma-informed training as a reason for his insensitive response.
“Having that conversation with him just allowed me to let go of all of the anger that I had been holding against him for more decades,” Corsie told HuffPost last week. “To have him ― without question, without meeting me, without knowing my motive ― show up and put himself on camera is a huge risk on his part. And I’m really grateful for what he did and what he continues to do.”
Caballero was so taken by Corsie’s letter that he shared her email with his entire team, telling HuffPost he wanted to make sure his officers “understood that their words matter.”
“Whatever I did, whatever I said back then needed to be corrected. It needed to be done in a way where I needed to take full responsibility for the response that we gave her back then,” Caballero said, adding that, at the time, they believed they were responding correctly with the training they had been given.
“Second Assault,” which premiered at multiple festivals last year, has won several awards, including Best Director at the Global Impact Film Festival and Audience Choice Award at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival.
Rosner and Corsie hope the film starts a much-needed conversation about how the criminal justice system, and society as a whole, responds to sexual assault survivors.
“This conversation alone has had a ripple effect in both Jillian and David’s lives, and I think, if possible, we need to have these conversations more openly,” Rosner said.
These days, when Caballero sits down at his desk, he’s greeted by Corsie’s letter, which is framed and hung up on on his wall.
“Every day,” he said, “I look at Jillian’s letter and it reminds me words matter.”
Watch the exclusive premiere of “Second Assault” below.
When will this ridiculous system stop for Capita, in this instance, but also Atos are not fit for purpose. Time and time again these companies and DWP are shown to be stupid, cruel, not caring and down right evil, but still the system goes on.
Where is the justice for the claimants, how many more unjust sanctions are going to be given before the authorities call a stop.
Unfortunately never as this is just what the DWP want to occur for they will not be happy until every claimant is deceased, for this is what these sanctions are therefore.
Where is the Law and Order, Oh, it is the Government of the day, so therefore there is no authority to correct these wrong, except by appealing..
It is clear that savings was not the agenda for any of these benefit systems be they ESA, PIP or UC, as the costs have multiplied due to the extra work, time and expense of the appeals.
If savings had been the reason for these benefits, every effort to ensure mistakes were not being made and that every claimant was dealt with correctly.
It is not just the sanctions, but who cannot trust many of the assessors to assess the claimants correctly for they have falsified many assessment reports, by reversing what had been said, making up areas of the assessment reports, the list is endless.
The Government are going out of their way to stop people receiving justified benefits and ignoring all that is going wrong with everyone of the assessment companies.
If it was not for legal system which ;luckily is, in most respects, independent of the Government, or is not influenced by them, then hardly anyone would be receiving welfare benefits.
But this is not the only area of Government actions that are wrong for there is austerity, the cuts are hurting the most vulnerable within the UK and it is clear for everyone to see.
The Government is getting away with ‘Murder’ and they should be brought to book for their incessant killing of vulnerable people.
Put the Government in prison and throw away the key.
Michelle Moloney, 40, who suffers from bipolar disorder type 2 and severe anxiety, was left unable to buy groceries after it was wrongly claimed she failed to attend an assessment. In reality it was the assessor who failed to carry out the home-based assessment.
Even though it was the assessor’s fault this didn’t stop the DWP cutting off Michelle’s lifeline. DWP’s letter stated “..we don’t think you’ve given us a good reason for this“.
Michelle complained directly to Capita who were meant to carry out the assessment on behalf of the DWP. Capita still failed to put things right until being contacted by The Independent.
Saudi Arabia some many human rights abuses and ruled by Saudi Royal family under extreme Sharia law and some terrorists have been from Saudi, but Saudi was not part of Donald Trump’s executive order. Does this mean President Donald Trump agrees with the rulings of law in Saudi , for such an outspoken person he appears to be quiet about this.
Or is he indicating it is Fake News or is it Alternative facts.
For years, Saudi Arabia has had the honour to be one of the principal violators of human rights in the world. Regardless of its efforts to hide it from the international community, numerous local human rights organisations have regularly exposed the abuses perpetrated by the regime. In response, the Saudi government has banned all international human rights organisations from entering Saudi Arabia. As numerous organisations have suggested, the primary problem remains in the system and the interpretation of the Sharia (Islamic law).
Saudi Arabia uses Sharia (Islamic law) as its domestic legislation. There is no a formal penal code; the criminal justice court derives its interpretation from an extreme version of Sharia. In most of cases, detainees do not have a fair trial and are not allowed to meet with a lawyer during their interrogations. Further, the authorities do not usually inform them about their charges until…