GUILT PRESUMING ‘Start By Believing’ Investigations Are A Multimillion Dollar Threat To Justice

Balanced and truthful investigations serve as the linchpin of our criminal justice system. But in the name of “Start by Believing,” that principle has come under assault threatening the integrity of judicial determinations and making wrongful convictions far more likely. Since 2008 the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded 19 grants totaling millions of dollars to a group called “End Violence Against Women International” (EVAWI).  In 2011 EVAWI launched a campaign dubbed Start by Believing, ambitiously describing its goal as a “global campaign transforming the way we respond to sexual assault.” Despite the potential danger for confirmation bias and wrongful convictions, the slanted Start by Believing ideology is currently being disseminated to law enforcement and other professionals throughout the country. By Christopher Perry

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