The Many Steps To Report Sexual & Domestic Abuse

DNA Testing Lab Storage, Youngstown, Ohio, 2016

 

Photographer Melissa Kreider is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  From her project ‘Remnants‘ .  To see Melissa’s projects click on any image.

 

Domestic Assault, Incident Report Taken, 8/2/2015, 11:42pm, 2015

 

Remnants is an exploration of the successes or failures of the reactionary structures that are responsible for engaging victims of sexual and domestic abuse. The photographs range from sites of sexual and domestic assault, the sexual assault evidence collection kits survivors have to endure, to the backlog of rape kits in police evidence rooms, the crime labs in which this kits are tested, and finally the survivors themselves. All of these aspects create a complicated and intimidating maze of steps a survivor may maneuver if they choose to rely on the justice system for assistance. This work does not serve to trigger or create a negative response, but exists as photographic evidence of the reality many face when assaulted.

 

Anonymous, translating their notes from Spanish to English, 1 week after assault, 2016

 

State of Iowa Rape Kit, Front, 2016

 

State of Iowa Rape Kit, Step 3, 2016

 

M, 16 years since assault, 2017

 

Workstation, DNA Testing Lab
Youngstown, Ohio, 2016

 

Workstation, DNA Testing Lab
Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2016

 

2 kits in this location. Arkansas has sweeping, statewide testing reform. 2016

 

Anonymous, 6 years since first assault, 5 years since second assault, 2 years since third assault, 2016

 

See also:

You Can’t Go Home Again

By Melissa Kreider

 

 

 

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