Research shows the debilitating effects of sexual trauma on memory and behavior. But when investigating reports of sex crimes, police sometimes twist trauma responses into evidence of false reporting.
The reforms came after the Rape on the Night Shift project first uncovered pervasive sexual violence in the janitorial industry.
Female janitors working alone at night have been particularly vulnerable to sexual assault and reluctant to report it. California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, said her office is working on a bill that would increase protections for night shift workers.
ABM Industries has agreed to an outside review of rape claims made by female janitors in California, adding a new layer of oversight for a company with a history of accusations that it failed to prevent sexual violence.
Listen to KQED’s three-part radio series for our Rape on the Night Shift investigation.
Reveal del Centro de Reportajes Investigativos, Univision, FRONTLINE, KQED y el Programa de Reportajes Investigativos de UC Berkeley presentan el documental Violación de un Sueño: Jornada Nocturna.
We’re bringing together three of the journalists behind our Rape on the Night Shift investigation for a live chat to answer your questions.
Sexual assault can happen anywhere. But the way the problem has played out in the workplace largely has escaped public attention. And the night shift janitor is an easy target for abuse.