Episode 10 – Once You See, You Can’t Unsee

In Episode 9, we covered the basis for sexual offense policies and the evolution of this legislation, including the public registry and residence restrictions. In our work, we often discuss the “collateral consequences” of these laws from an academic perspective. However, we felt it was important to give a voice to people who are livingContinue reading “Episode 10 – Once You See, You Can’t Unsee”

Episode 9 – Why Should I Care?

In Episode 9, “Why Should I Care?!”, Alexa interviews Dr. Alissa Ackerman about sex crimes policies in the U.S. Alissa is widely considered an expert on sex crimes policy and much of her research has examined the efficacy of the sex offense registry, residence restrictions, and community notification. Notably, her research, and that of mostContinue reading “Episode 9 – Why Should I Care?”

Episode 8 – The Deliberate Shift

Research shows that, like people who commit other crimes, those who sexually offend also desist from offending. This is both hard to hear and important to acknowledge. In Episode 8 of Beyond Fear, we made the deliberate decision to pivot from conversations about survivor experiences to a focus on the experience of individuals who haveContinue reading “Episode 8 – The Deliberate Shift”

Episode 7 – “The Second Rape”

The Beyond Fear Podcast is one continuous story, where episodes build from one to the next with the ability to reach back to previous episodes when necessary. Yet, when we started writing the story in episode 1, we didn’t fully recognize the impact that telling the story would have on us. Recording Episode 7 wasContinue reading “Episode 7 – “The Second Rape””

Episode 6 – How Hasn’t it Affected Me?

In “How Hasn’t It Affected Me?” Alexa and Alissa have a candid, unscripted, and vulnerable conversation with Monishia “Moe” Miller and Guy Hamilton-Smith. We each talk about the ways that sexual violence has impacted our lives. As with all episodes of this podcast, we want to warn our listeners that this can be difficult toContinue reading “Episode 6 – How Hasn’t it Affected Me?”

Episode 5 – The Weaponization of Sexual Violence

In episode 5 of Beyond Fear: The Sex Crimes Podcast, Alexa and Alissa interview Dr. Nicole Fox, an assistant professor in the Criminal Justice Division at CSUS whose current research focuses on how post-genocide communities remember violence through the creation of national collective memories embodied in memorials and monuments. In “The Weaponization of Sexual Violence”Continue reading “Episode 5 – The Weaponization of Sexual Violence”

Episode 4 – The Many Reasons Why

In Episode 4: The Many Reasons Why, Alexa and Alissa breakdown some of the various reasons why people commit acts of child sexual abuse and rape. It might come as a surprise, but there is not one reason why these kinds of offenses happen. In order to prevent future sex crimes from happening and toContinue reading “Episode 4 – The Many Reasons Why”

Episode 3 – Understanding Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

In episode 3, Alexa and Alissa interview Dr. Karen Terry about her research on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Karen J. Terry is a Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. She holds a doctorate in Criminology from Cambridge University. Her primary research interest is sexual offending and victimizationContinue reading “Episode 3 – Understanding Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church”

Episode 2 – Into the Weeds: Measuring Silence

“It depends…” This is the language that research often use when people ask them questions about sources of data. This is because the findings we obtain in our research depend on how we ask questions, when we ask questions, who asks the questions, etc. There are also different methods for obtaining data and just becauseContinue reading “Episode 2 – Into the Weeds: Measuring Silence”

Episode 1

Welcome to the first episode of Beyond Fear: The Sex Crimes Podcast. In this episode we introduce ourselves to you. Alexa and Alissa are “survivor scholars”. We are criminal justice professors an sex crimes experts based in California who also publicly navigate our professional spaces publicly owning our experiences as rape survivors. We then talkedContinue reading “Episode 1”