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'The Philadelphia Model' of how to handle rape cases, now international

from KYW Newsradio

Police departments in Canada are adopting what has come to be known as "the Philadelphia Model" as a way to handle open rape cases based on what was started in Philadelphia two decades ago. A few days every year, the Women's Law Project, Women Organized Against Rape and the Child Advocacy Center sit with detectives from the Special Victims Unit and comb through nearly 500 open or unfounded rape cases, asking questions about each one. "We are looking for victim blaming or gender bias. We are also looking to see if all of the witnesses have been interviewed," said Carol Tracy, executive director of the Women's Law Project and one of the founders of the Philadelphia Model. more

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