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I Am Evidence And Australia On Trial

Mariska Hargitay takes on the backlog of untested rape kits; Australian TV takes on the Mount Rennie case; and Eve Batey is back to take them both on.

Hundreds of thousands of rape kits remain untested in the United States, and a few law-enforcement officials, local activists, and survivors are trying to move the process along in I Am Evidence, a documentary produced by SVU's Mariska Hargitay. Is her activism intrusive in the film? Does the doc's subject matter alone make it compelling, or is there more art to it? And why is Cooley so hateful? Eve Batey is back to look at the issue, the doc, and whether anything's really changed with society's insistence on a "righteous victim" since the days of...

...the Mount Rennie case, the subject of an episode of Australia On Trial. The attack on Mary Jane Hicks, both the first sexual assault and the impugning of her character in court, was also a referendum on the very character of New South Wales and Sydney, and while Hicks vanished from history after the trial, the nonsense survivors have to withstand after their rapes still has not, alas. Also alas, the program(me) isn't so hot, and once again Eve and Sarah pitch their own show as a rewrite on an all-new The Blotter Presents.

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