A yearlong investigation that exposed systemic failures in the handling of rape cases
In this tenacious series of reports, KMGH-TV and reporter Keli Rabon held Colorado
police officials accountable for their refusal to test all rape kits, leaving thousands of
victims without their day in court and potentially hundreds of rapists free to re-offend.
Rabon and her team found cursory police investigations, Denver prosecutors accepting
only the most clear-cut cases and elected officials refusing to answer questions. Using
open records requests, they found many police departments throughout the state had no
idea how many rape kits they had in evidence, or how many had been tested. The stories
had high production values; excellent photography, editing, and clear writing. After the
reports aired, legislation passed requiring authorities to test all rape kits, and Gov. John
Hickenlooper signed the bill into law in June.
Keli Rabon, investigative reporter and producer; Jason Foster, investigative photographer
and editor; Art Kane, executive producer; Jeff Harris, news director; Byron Grandy, vice
president and general manager.
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