Sex Crimes: Surviving the System | Documentary Idea
by Josh Brenner
I propose a documentary project whereby several subjects related to the field of sex crimes prosecutions are interviewed and followed-to a degree allowable by privacy requirements of victims- to create an accurate depiction of all aspects of a prosecution.
Cooperating subjects could include: Investigators/interviewers, Victims, Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys, Judges, victim advocates, psychological experts, medical professionals.
A consulting professional, such as a sex-crimes prosecutor, would have connections to all groups.
Almost all of society is ignorant of how the system works, which in light of the known prevalence of sexual assault, is a giant gap of knowledge.
That ignorance is harmful in society because it perpetuates cultural myths that discourage reporting and shame victims. Most people would be surprised of how prominent those myths still are in the system and society, and also in their own thinking.