Rape Kit Image - Melissa Golden/Redux for CNN

Empathy Friday #7 : Destroyed Rape Kits and Empathy Exhaustion

Happy VERY VERY LATE Empathy Friday, December 8th 2018 (a couple days late)! This is your end of the day, end of the work week, empathy in the world round up. Articles, quotes, exercises, and a single question from Empathy Lab for you to start your weekend.

This post is going to be darker and more difficult to take on, but you can do it. Empathy isn’t always roses and kittens.

Here goes Empathy Friday #7!

One question,
one picture,
one article on empathy,
and a quick list of things we’ve found / been shared.

Your Weekend’s Question:

Do you know anyone that has been sexually assaulted?


IF you want to share your answer, please let us know friday@empathylab.io.

Picture of Empathy

Rape Kit Image - Melissa Golden/Redux for CNN
Rape kits kept beyond the statutes of limitations have helped solve other crimes.MELISSA GOLDEN/REDUX FOR CNN

This week’s focus is in support of a good friend’s work, Ashley Fantz, and her two year investigation for CNN into the destruction of rape kits by local police departments across the United States called, Destroyed. This investigation was published on November 29th, 2018, a little over a week ago, and has since prompted action in several states and amongst advocacy groups. Often times, empathy is an extremely difficult skill to practice especially when faced with tragic circumstances that were uncovered during this investigation.

I am going to keep this blog post short and stop here. Go to CNN.com/destroyed to read more. Don’t avoid stories just because they are hard to listen to.

Great work Ashley Fantz, Sergio Hernandez, and the team at CNN. Thank you for being empathetically brave for us.

Empathy in focus

None this week even though there are plenty of great articles on empathy to share. Read the above investigation as it will probably exhaust your ability to practice empathy for a bit.

Okay fine, one article on empathy exhaustion / compassion fatigue. I like to think of empathy as a sort of exhaust-able muscle, that if you don’t exercise it regularly towards an activity, it can easily become overwhelmed.

Emotional Exhaustion: Is Empathy a Choice?
Metal Floss

Join in the empathy conversation! I want to chat with you about how empathy, self awareness, team building, and communication, coffee, silly cats, and life is working out for you. Message me (shelton@empathylab.io ) and we will set up a time to talk.

Empathy from you.

If you find articles that have piqued your interest and are things you want to share with others, please send them to friday@empathylab.io.

Cheers all and happy weekending (week starting)!

Shelton (sD)

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