Amanda Knox made headlines for years when she was accused of murdering her roommate in Perugia, Italy, during a study abroad program. It was hard to look away from the story the police had created about her: a young, attractive woman who had allegedly convinced a local Italian to rape her roommate so she could kill her and get away with it. After a drawn-out, eight-year trial, Knox was convicted of murder, sent to prison, and then released after four years when the verdict was overturned.
Now Knox wants to turn her experience into a message to the media and the public who consume it. She says it's time to stop vilifying and shaming women—making it impossible for the actual truth to show through these narratives. Her new series on VICE, The Scarlet Letter Reports, is focused on changing the dialogue around gendered public shaming. She talks to women like Anita Sarkeesian, Amber Rose, Daisy Coleman, Brett Rossi, and Mischa Barton, all of whom were, in one way or another, framed or shamed in the media.
On the podcast, Knox opens up to Dory Carr-Harris about the trauma of her past, her new mission, and how a poetry class changed the way she saw her story.
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