Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, will testify tomorrow, September 14, 2010 at 2:15 p.m. before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs at a hearing entitled "Rape in the United States: The Chronic Failure to Report and Investigate Rape Cases" in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Smeal will call for national reform in the reporting and investigating of rape crimes. Her testimony is in light of research and experience of the National Center for Women & Policing, a division of the Feminist Majority Foundation.
Others testifying will include Susan B. Carbon, Director of the Office of Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice; Carol Tracy, Executive Director of the Women's Law Project of Philadelphia; and Commissioner Charles Ramsey, Philadelphia Police Department and former chief of police of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department.
Smeal's testimony and press release will be available at the hearing and online at feminist.org tomorrow before the hearing. The hearing will be webcast from the committee website.
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