21 episodes

This season on Motive from WBEZ Chicago, an investigative series that follows a group of young women seeking justice abroad and examines why there was silence for almost a decade.

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This season on Motive from WBEZ Chicago, an investigative series that follows a group of young women seeking justice abroad and examines why there was silence for almost a decade.

    8: The ‘After’

    8: The ‘After’

    “Nobody talks about ‘the after,’” one woman said about sexual assault. “The during is terrible, but it’s the after, that’s the hard part.”
    On the final episode of Motive, the “remembering it for the rest of your life” part of the story.

    • 28 min
    7: La Manada, The Wolfpack

    7: La Manada, The Wolfpack

    The verdict in a 2016 gang rape case known as La Manada, or “The Wolfpack,” ignited mass protests across Spain. It kicked off Spain’s #MeToo movement and prompted a call for change to the country’s sexual assault laws.
    On today’s episode, the case and the fierce debate that followed.

    • 33 min
    6: The Investigation

    6: The Investigation

    A Spanish prosecutor opened a criminal investigation in the spring of 2018. Almost two years have passed. We go to Spain to see what’s happening.

    • 35 min
    Preview: Season 2 Q&A

    Preview: Season 2 Q&A

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    • 2 min
    5: Did Anyone Know?

    5: Did Anyone Know?

    While studying abroad in Spain, Hayley McAleese and Carly Van Ostenbridge reported to both the police and their school that they had been sexually assaulted. It didn’t go as expected.

    • 35 min
    4: Can’t Tell Anyone

    4: Can’t Tell Anyone

    Most of the women in this story did not go to the police. And while some told a friend, family member or therapist what happened, most say they tried to bury it and move on. 
    Why? And what made these women decide to finally break their silence?

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

OpalloBri ,

Disclaimers are Crucial

Majority of listeners seek out podcast such as these to be informed and exposed to experiences of relatable people. However, given how disturbing and triggering content may be, it’s very important to list a disclaimer denoting the haunting content within the episode. Assuming that all listeners can handle revisiting past traumatic experiences related to the content lacks awareness and using that shock aspect within the story to somehow hook listeners is insensitive.

Hanori03 ,

High Quality

High quality investigative journalism on a terrible, but incredibly important topic. Thank you for bringing these women’s stories to light. The world cannot allow men to keep getting away with hurting women and keeping them silent.

Rachel E V ,

Excellent

Great reporting, was captivated the whole time. Thank you to the women for sharing their stories, and the journalists for bringing their story to light

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