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For the past year, reporter Sarah Delia has worked to unwrap the case of "Linda," a Charlotte-area woman who was sexually assaulted by a stranger in 2015… and is still struggling to find answers. In a world full of #MeToo’s, justice might look as swift as one woman speaking up, but for many, resolution is a long and winding road. Follow the investigation at WFAE.org/SheSays.
||CleanShe Says: The Burden||Linda has been waiting for months to hear from the Mecklenburg District Attorney's office about whether her case will move forward. Then she gets a call. We rejoin Linda on the winding road for an update and a closer look at the burden of proof.||1/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShe Says: A Public Conversation||Last Thursday, WFAE held a Public Conversation with She Says podcast host Sarah Delia, law enforcement and others about whether justice is being served in Mecklenburg County. The event was broadcast live from McGlohon Theater in uptown Charlotte on||8/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShe Says: The Oath||Linda goes back to court and comes face to face with the man charged in her assault as she attempts to get a no-contact order. We hear how the podcast has impacted her life and what the future of her case looks like. Stay with us through the very end of||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShe Says: What We Haven't Told You||This episode we share with you what we haven’t told you. Additional evidence in Linda’s case. Why we think this mysterious DNA hit occurred. And we find out how many hospitals in North Carolina have nurses specially trained to complete a sexual assa||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShe Says: They Say||In this episode, we hear from Linda’s family about how life has changed for everyone since the assault in 2015. We also tell the story of another Charlotte woman who tried to file a police report but was turned away.||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShe Says: Emily's House||The man charged with assaulting Linda made bail and is out of jail. She’s scared because she’s no longer anonymous after he saw her during a court appearance. She Says talks to another sexual assault survivor in Charlotte who had a very different||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShe Says: Your Questions, Our Answers||Last episode we asked listeners: What questions do you have about Linda’s case and our yearlong investigation? So now She Says host and reporter Sarah Delia and reporter Alex Olgin tackle your questions about police policy, DNA law, and more.||7/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShe Says: A Parallel Road||In episode 5, we hear about what happens with the DNA sample police collected of the man Linda identified as her attacker through an internet search. We will also take a look at how another police department handled the destruction of more than 300 sexu||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShe Says: Whiplash||In episode 4, we dive into what happened with the mysterious DNA sample that matches the one found in Linda’s sexual assault kit, and why detectives didn’t know about it for months. Linda expresses her concern that her questioning of police will lea||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShe Says: It's Not Him*||In episode 3, Linda goes down to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police headquarters to talk to detectives about her case. It’s a particularly emotional conversation because she learns about the DNA results from her sexual assault kit. They aren’t what she ex||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShe Says: Return To The Scene Of The Crime||In episode 2, we go back to the crime scene, which in this case is the body. Host Sarah Delia talks to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, who carefully examine victims and their belongings for biological evidence that might help identify perpetrators. We||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShe Says: The Winding Road||WFAE’s She Says is an investigative podcast series that follows the story of a sexual assault survivor in Mecklenburg County, N.C., and the long and difficult process of finding justice. In episode 1, we will introduce you to the woman we're calling L||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing She Says: An Investigative Podcast From WFAE||For more than a year, award-winning WFAE reporter Sarah Delia has investigated the case of "Linda," a Charlotte-area woman who was sexually assaulted by a stranger in 2015 and is still struggling to find answers. Linda's story is presented as She Says ,||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Tremendous effort at overcoming the silence
Sexual assaults are so often dark, ugly secrets that so many of us do not talk about, let alone report. We fear blame, embarrassment, judgment, shame, loss of friends and family...rarely do you hear a victim of sexual assault talking in confident, secure tones about what happened to them. So often I hear the apology in our voices, and I note the way the volume drops. We protect parents, spouses, children, bosses, co-workers from the sordid details of a crime that never leaves us. We often feel a strange guilt for saddling others with our story of being assaulted - no one really wants to hear it.
But they need to hear it - and hear it - and hear it. We need to talk about it again and again until we begin to shake the stigma.
Because the stigma is, at least in part, this: if your audience can find a reason a life-altering, destructive, nightmare crime like rape happened specifically to YOU, then they can take a deep breathe, think to themselves they would never do that/go there/talk to him/ and so THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO THEM.
Until it does.
She Says is getting us talking, thanks to Sarah and Alex and all at WFAE. And thanks primarily to Linda, who has willingly placed herself on the autopsy table of public opinion in order to get the conversation going that may make it a little easier for the next victim to report it, and may serve as a brutal and hard reminder that the first order of business should always be: BELIEVE HER.
This is the way to cover a sexual assault story.
This is top-to-bottom an amazingly well-done podcast. The reporting has depth and detail and the storytelling is honest and compelling. Being able to pull that off around the issue of sexual assault is still pretty extraordinary, even in the #metoo era.
The podcast form gives the victim here a voice in a way print media just cannot, and I hope she knows how many of us are listening and support her. You’ve given thoughtful context around reporting to police as well as the experience of those around the victim, in a straightforward but compassionate manner. (Can you tell I really love it?!) Thank you to all involved - I hope this will be the first of many seasons on this topic for your team, because it’s SO needed.
This is such a great podcast. So well done. I hope the people who do this podcast do another one after it on any topic. It’s superb.