The woman who invented the rape kit, the powerful yet simple tool to provide forensic evidence in rape trials, was never credited with her invention. That honour went to a man. Great story
In Sept 1978, Marty Goddard delivered the first standardized rape kits to 26 Chicago hospitals, with test tubes, slides and packaging materials; and counselling info for the victim. She changed the way rape was prosecuted. ‘I felt I had to save the world.’
The Governor shared this story with me. Everyone should read it. Amazing true tale of the Illinois woman who invented the rape kit. Opinion | There Are Many Man-Made Objects. The Rape Kit Is Not One of Them. - The New York Times
There Are Many Man-Made Objects. The Rape Kit Is Not One of Them. This is the story of the woman who forced the police to start treating sexual assault like a crime. Ty ⁦
Highly recommend this article on the history of the rape kit. An incredible piece of investigative journalism and storytelling by
"It was as if in order to invent, she also had to disappear. The rape kit simply never would have had traction if a woman with no scientific credentials had been known as its sole inventor. It had to come from a man."
In this fascinating long read, describes the origins of one of the most potent weapons ever devised to fight sexual assault, the rape kit. NB 1/3
The fascinating untold story of Marty Goddard - the woman responsible for the concept of the rape kit.
Fascinating 👉🏽The Rape Kit’s Secret History
Awesome (and at times infuriating!) piece from on the woman who invented the rape kit and the men who stole the credit
I’m familiar with the problem of rape kit backlogs but I’m ashamed to admit I had no idea victims were being forced to pay to get their tests run and receive the justice they deserve. Absolutely shameful.
Beautiful telling of a horrifying story. Of gender-bias in technology and policing, of sexual violence, of perseverance and creativity. Discouraging and hopeful at once. There Are Many Man-Made Objects. The Rape Kit Is Not One of Them.
There Are Many Man-Made Objects. The Rape Kit Is Not One of Them.
. writes the amazing and sad history of the rape test kit and the equally amazing and sad history of its inventor, martha goddard.
There Are Many Man-Made Objects. The Rape Kit Is Not One of Them.