The #MeToo movement touched off a massive reckoning and exposed how victims have been badly served by a system that is designed not to protect them, but instead to protect the status quo. Credibility lies at the heart of this system. In her landmark book, Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers, former prosecutor, legal expert, and leading authority on sexual violence, Deborah Tuerkheimer reveals how we are all shaped by a set of false assumptions and hidden biases embedded in our culture, our legal system, and our psyches and offers a path forward to ensuring justice is truly served.
Unbeknownst to us, we are shaped by a cluster of forces Tuerkheimer calls the credibility complex. These forces corrupt our judgments, making us too prone to both discount the credibility of accusers and inflate the credibility of the accused. The most vulnerable women experience credibility discounting at its most extreme, while men who are protected by greater status or position are the beneficiaries of massive credibility boosts.
Tuerkheimer is a professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. She served for five years as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office.
Tuerkheimer will be in conversation with Megan Twohey (FAN ’19), a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times.
This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and our YouTube channel.
AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Credible from FAN's partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Tuerkheimer that will start immediately after the webinar. Copy and paste this link to purchase the book: https://www.thebookstall.com/event/credible-why-we-doubt-accusers-and-protect-abusers-fan-program-deborah-tuerkheimer-and-megan
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