Jen Sainato had been waiting for this day for a long time.
She’d woken up early, put on her black striped suit, and drove five hours to attend the Louisville Metro Council’s public safety committee meeting. The council had called the police to answer questions about their handling of rape cases, in the wake of our story about Jen’s case.
Jen stopped on the way to the hearing to pick up a fellow survivor, another woman who reported a rape to the Louisville Metro Police Department and was also still waiting for answers.
The two women, along with Jen’s niece, arrived at City Hall together. They got on the elevator with high hopes for what they might expect from the hearing:
“Hopefully some clarity. Accountability. And other objective, smart minds to look at things we’ve all known… the treatment of victims, shaming them, and most importantly not solving their case or getting any answers.”
Jen reached for the other women’s hands as they walked into the chamber. She was among the last to arrive.
By the time she got there, the police were already settled in at the front …