New HBO documentary about national rape kit backlog to be shown in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) –  A new HBO documentary about the national problem of untested sexual assault evidence kits will be shown to an invite-only audience in Lexington, according to the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP).

According to KASAP, the documentary titled I Am Evidence is an award-winning film produced by Mariska Hargitay, who is best known for her role on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.

KASAP says Hargitay is the founder and president of the Joyful Heart Foundation, a national organization they say has played a big role in addressing the backlog of untested sexual assault kits in the country.

The 90-minute film shows how the justice system serves survivors through firsthand accounts from four women about the time after their evidence collection, according to KASAP.

KASAP says a sexual assault survivor from Kentucky was involved in the filming of the documentary.

KASAP explains they are hosting the screening as part of the 19th annual Ending Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence conference.

The film will be shown Thursday night. The screening is not open to the public.

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