Seeking Conviction

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Samantha White survived a sexual assault when she was 16. White now works as a life coach and finds she is able to identify with her clients in a uniquely empathetic way.

Samantha White survived a sexual assault when she was 16. White now works as a life coach and finds she is able to identify with her clients in a uniquely empathetic way. / Melissa Sue Gerrits/The Fayetteville Observer

Carolina Public Press led a first-of-its-kind statewide investigative reporting collaboration in North Carolina including 11 news organizations Over six and a half months, journalists analyzed statewide court data and conducted extensive interviews with sexual assault survivors, victim advocates, medical professionals, law enforcement, prosecutors and state officials across North Carolina. The investigation revealed that one in four sexual assault cases result in a conviction, and in 30 of the state’s 100 counties, there were no convictions at all in four and a half years.