Episode #11 – People for the Enforcement of Rape Laws with Meaghan Ybos


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This episode involves a frank discussion regarding rape and other forms of sexual assault.

On this episode, Meaghan Ybos talks about her experience interacting with police as a rape victim. She talks about current problems with the system and what can be done to make substantive improvements. Meaghan is the co-founder and Executive Director of PERL. In 2003 at the age of sixteen, Meaghan was raped in Memphis. She reported her rape to law enforcement and submitted to a forensic exam, but law enforcement did not investigate the case or test her rape kit until over nine years later. Meaghan strategically used her mishandled rape case to raise awareness about needed policy changes. In the course of this work, Meaghan further exposed over 12,000 untested rape kits in MPD storage. In 2013 and 2014, over the Memphis mayor’s objections, Meaghan successfully persuaded the Memphis City Council to allocate over $3 million of its own tax revenue to cover the costs of investigating thousands of previously ignored rape cases connected to untested rape kits. In 2015, Meaghan and a group of lawyers and community organizers formed PERL which advocates for criminal justice reform and provides the community’s only peer support for people who have experienced sexual violence. She is also a contributing writer at The Appeal, part of the Harvard University School of Law’s Fair Punishment Project. Meaghan holds a BA in English from Rhodes College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi.



On the Five-0 Podcast, co-hosts Randy Shrewsberry and Thomas Baker interview authors, activists, academics, practitioners, and individuals impacted by the U.S. criminal justice system - all with a focus on the problems we face and how we can change things for the better. Randy is the founder and current Executive Director of the Institute for Criminal Justice Training Reform. He’s a former police officer, Crash Reconstruction Investigator, and Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator. He has spent over 30 years in both the public and private sector criminal justice field and has attended basic police training in Ohio, South Carolina and Indiana as well as 100’s of advanced training in investigations as well as other specialized areas in law enforcement. Randy has been a lecturer on criminal justice matters and has been admitted as an expert in the State of California, State of South Carolina, and the State of Indiana in Criminal and Civil court. Thomas is a Pat Tillman Scholar and a Ph.D. student in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His research is dedicated to improving our understanding police related deaths and their social implications. He’s a U.S Army veteran and worked as a police officer for almost nine years. Thomas is also a member of the Board of Directors at the Institute for Criminal Justice Training Reform.

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