After a sexual assault case in the District of Columbia, one woman’s public warning ricochets all the way to Birmingham, Ala., where another woman gives voice to a devastating allegation.
This seven-part investigative series from The Washington Post follows the Alabama woman’s decision to come forward with a claim of sexual assault against a high-ranking figure in the D.C. criminal justice system, and the spiraling effects of that choice.
“Canary: The Washington Post Investigates” is about the intertwining stories of these two women, separated by decades and united by a shared refusal to stay silent. It’s a podcast about what it takes to report this story — and why it matters. Hosted by investigative reporter Amy Brittain.
Introducing “Canary: The Washington Post Investigates”
What happens when a secret becomes too much to bear? “Canary: The Washington Post Investigates” is a new podcast series about two women, separated by decades and united by their refusal to stay silent. Hosted by Amy Brittain.
Chapter 1: "The system failed us"
A stranger attacks a jogger in D.C., sparking a four-year courtroom saga and a campaign for justice.
Chapter 2: "A secret that she couldn't tell"
We head to Alabama to investigate allegations about a prominent figure in the D.C. justice system.
Chapter 3: "No way in hell she would make this up"
Unexpected roadblocks slow the search for evidence.
Chapter 4: "To serve as a judge"
A judge rises to national prominence, fueled by 40 years of experience and activism.
Chapter 5: "He's hurt my daughter"
A family reckons with the consequences of long-kept secrets.
Whatever I write will never be able to adequately capture the brilliance of this series and the women who made it possible.
I want to thank Lauren and Carole for not only coming forward, but for their relentless pursuit of the true justice that they and all victims deserve. Neither women had to take these actions, victims do not owe the world anything, but by doing so they have shared their strength to the countless of people who have similar traumas. These women have provided myself, an individual they have never met, a level of healing that words cannot capture.
I also want to thank Amy for all the work she has done. You, too, have unknowingly assisted in my healing journey.
I encourage you to listen and while doing so, please take care. For any victims who may read this, you are not alone, your trauma is valid, and you deserve all the love and support. ❤️
You Cannot NOT believe Carol.
The point is simply this: A sex offender cannot be the judge of other sex offenders. The end. These brave women are amazing, and Thank you Carol, of Birmingham, Alabama for doing what it would have been much easier not to do. It’s women like you who make the world a better place. A safer place. A place where the girls who come behind you speak with less fear because you laid the track and paid the price for them. You are an American hero.
Important and nuanced
Congratulations to everyone who worked on this podcast. It’s a powerful piece of journalism.