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Screening of THE RECALL: REFRAMED: Changing the narrative around our responses to sexual violence

April 10, 2023

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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Austin Hall; 100 Classroom - North

The Recall movie poster

As sexual violence continues to present a public health crisis, the United States responds primarily by escalating our mass incarceration crisis. We’ll screen the forthcoming short documentary, THE RECALL: REFRAMED (20 minutes, MSNBC, dir Rebecca Richman Cohen), about the unintended consequences of the 2018 California recall of Judge Aaron Persky, who sentenced Brock Turner. The film uses this case to critique the knee-jerk demand for harsh sentences to address sexual violence – a demand that disproportionately impacts low-income and people of color. It asks how we might imagine better ways of addressing sexual violence, opening the door to conversations about restorative and transformative justice, and truly supporting survivors. We’ll have a panel discussion focusing on our responses to sexual violence.


  • Moderator Jeannie Suk Gersen – Professor of law + New Yorker contributor
  • Aishah Shahidah Simmons – Survivor-healer, filmmaker, author, mindfulness meditation teacher
  • Amber Payne – Publisher and general manager of The Emancipator
  • Andrew Manuel Crespo – Professor of law + Inquest founding editor
  • Rebecca Richman Cohen – Lecturer on law, filmmaker

Please let us know if you are coming!


Sponsored by:  HKS’s Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, HLS FiLM Society, HLS Advocates, Inquest, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

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