Law & Disorder

Criminalization of Gender Violence Survivors; Plus, Resistance in Residence Artist Naru Kwina

Criminalization of gender-based violence was meant to protect victims of violence. But greater state intervention in cases of intimate partner violence, rape, sexual assault, and trafficking has led to the arrest, prosecution, conviction, and incarceration of those victims—the criminalization of survival. Victims of violence are regularly punished by the criminal legal system. Our guest today, Leigh Goodmark, argues that only dismantling the system will bring that punishment to an end. Leigh Goodmark is the Marjorie Cook Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Frances King Carey School of Law. She co-directs the Clinical Law Program, teaches Family Law, Gender and the Law, and Gender Violence and the Law, and directs the Gender Violence Clinic, a clinic providing direct representation in matters involving intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, trafficking, and other forms of gender violence. Goodmark has been questioning the criminal legal system’s response to gender-based violence for more than twenty years. Her latest book is called Imperfect Victims: Criminalized Survivors and the Promise of Abolition Feminism.

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This week’s Resistance in Residence Artist is Rapper, Hip hop scientist, performer, teacher, and creator of Hip Learning, Naru Kwina. Listen to our full length interview with Naru on our podcast (link below). Learn more about Naru’s project Hip Learning:


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