College of Arizona Lieutenant David Caballero will always remember the day he opened his laptop to search out an e-mail from former pupil Jillian Corsie sitting in his inbox.
“It was October 28, 2015,” Caballero instructed HuffPost final week. “I’ll always remember that date.”
The veteran cop had simply sat down at his desk and begun deleting the junk folder in his inbox when he got here throughout one thing that caught his eye. It was an e-mail from a girl he had crossed paths with greater than a decade in the past. Though he didn’t bear in mind her, she remembered him.
“I’ve carried your card round in my pockets because the night time we met,” Corsie wrote. “Ten years in the past this month you interviewed me a few rape I skilled on campus. After an embarrassing and horrible interview for me, the [University of Arizona Police Department] deemed my expertise ‘consensual.’”
Corsie instructed HuffPost that she was raped in 2005 by a male classmate in her dorm room throughout the first month of faculty. When she turned to her mates for assist, most of them have been wildly unsupportive. Her boyfriend didn’t imagine her and thought she had merely cheated on him. Corsie later went to native police for assist, however they instructed her “to not combine alcohol and sweetness,” she stated. The 2 patrol supervisors on responsibility that day, Caballero and one other officer, concluded of their report that “a sexual assault didn’t happen.”
Caballero stated he was shocked by Corsie’s e-mail and the response he had given her that day 10 years in the past. He instantly picked up the cellphone and known as her.
That interplay sparked Corsie and co-director Amy Rosner to create their quick movie, aptly titled “Second Assault,” which HuffPost is solely premiering under. “Second Assault” is a documentary-style movie that follows Corsie as she confronts the individuals who failed her after she reported her rape in 2005.
“The movie is about my journey to confront a system that failed me, and in addition to confront the tradition that we reside in — and the way that helps this concept of a second assault, which isn’t essentially simply what occurs while you report, but additionally what occurs when your folks and boyfriends and other people round you don’t imagine you,” Corsie instructed HuffPost in 2017 when she and Rosner have been nonetheless crowdfunding.
Within the movie, Corsie confronts Caballero face-to-face and tells him about their interplay 10 years prior. Caballero, for his half, is open and sincere about his missteps and factors to an absence of trauma-informed coaching as a purpose for his insensitive response.
“Having that dialog with him simply allowed me to let go of all the anger that I had been holding in opposition to him for extra many years,” Corsie instructed HuffPost final week. “To have him ― with out query, with out assembly me, with out realizing my motive ― present up and put himself on digicam is a big threat on his half. And I’m actually grateful for what he did and what he continues to do.”
Caballero was so taken by Corsie’s letter that he shared her e-mail along with his whole crew, telling HuffPost he wished to ensure his officers “understood that their phrases matter.”
“No matter I did, no matter I stated again then wanted to be corrected. It wanted to be completed in a means the place I wanted to take full duty for the response that we gave her again then,” Caballero stated, including that, on the time, they believed they have been responding appropriately with the coaching that they had been given.
“Second Assault,” which premiered at a number of festivals final 12 months, has gained a number of awards, together with Greatest Director on the International Influence Movie Competition and Viewers Alternative Award on the Julien Dubuque Worldwide Movie Competition.
Rosner and Corsie hope the movie begins a much-needed dialog about how the felony justice system, and society as an entire, responds to sexual assault survivors.
“This dialog alone has had a ripple impact in each Jillian and David’s lives, and I feel, if potential, we have to have these conversations extra brazenly,” Rosner stated.
Lately, when Caballero sits down at his desk, he’s greeted by Corsie’s letter, which is framed and hung up on on his wall.
“Day by day,” he stated, “I have a look at Jillian’s letter and it jogs my memory phrases matter.”
Watch the unique premiere of “Second Assault” under.