Sonja Sharp

Sonja Sharp is a New York City crime reporter and an instructor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, VICE, and the New York Observer.

Brett Kavanaugh

Where the Idea of False Rape Accusations Really Comes From

Donald Trump and his Adult Son keep trying to foment a #MeToo backlash. Shocker: They're lying.
Sonja Sharp
10.3.18
crime

A Grisly New Year's Killing Shows How Little We Know About Murder-Suicides

After a 26-year-old mother was stabbed to death and her husband found hanging from a tree, experts and advocates pointed to glaring cracks in the system.
Sonja Sharp
1.18.18
sexual assault

How #MeToo Could Put Powerful Sexual Predators in Prison

So far the fallout from a national outcry over sexual harassment and assault has mostly been damaging to reputations and careers. What about prosecution?
Sonja Sharp
11.16.17
crime

The War on Human Trafficking Looks a Lot Like the War on Sex Work

Advocates say vice squads around the country are still targeting sex workers despite an infusion of federal cash and hyped plans to stamp out trafficking.
Sonja Sharp
7.10.17
immigration

The Lawyers Trying to Get Their Clients Sent to Jail

Public defenders in New York City are actually trying to get immigrant clients sent to Rikers to avoid the feds—and deportation.
Sonja Sharp
7.4.17
crime

Bill Cosby's Trial Is Already Showing How Twisted America Is

The disgraced comedian's sexual assault trial has barely started, and it's already revealed the bizarre way in which juries are selected and justice gets meted out.
Sonja Sharp
5.25.17
News

When Pets Keep People Leashed to Their Abusers

Research shows pets are a key weapon of control for domestic abusers.
Sonja Sharp
11.15.16
News

The Story Behind the Teen Mom Arrested with a Dead Baby in Her Bag

When she was 17, Tiona Rodriguez was arrested for allegedly shoplifting at Victoria's Secret, and cops quickly discovered her third child's corpse in her bag. Now she's facing life in prison in a case that may rest on shaky science.
Sonja Sharp
9.29.16
The Anatomy of an Ordinary Mass Shooting

How a Paternity Fight Led to a Mass Shooting in a Trailer Park

Many mass shootings are intimate executions carried out by men who target the women and children closest to them. This is how one of them rocked a community.
Sonja Sharp
8.11.16
America Incarcerated

How the Women Who Visit Rikers Island Navigate the Complex Dress Code

Women looking to visit loved ones in the hellish NYC jail must submit to humiliating searches and allegedly inconsistent rules about what they can and cannot wear.
Sonja Sharp
9.23.15
News

How Campus Rape Became a National Scandal

Despite the recent outcry, experts believe rape has been commonplace at American universities for decades. So why are we just talking about it now?
Sonja Sharp
5.14.15
News

Why Does the NYPD Think Dance Teams Are Street Gangs?

New York City cops are lumping dance crews together with actual street gangs, and experts say this assumption is dangerously misguided.
Sonja Sharp
2.19.15
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