Podcast goes beyond the news to give Jeffrey Epstein victims a voice
Tara Palmeri, former White House correspondent and investigative journalist, is jumping on the Jeffrey Epstein bandwagon with a new podcast titled Broken: Seeking Justice. Instead of focusing on Epstein and his crimes, Tara Palmeri’s podcast focuses on giving Epstein’s victims the voice they deserve.
In a recent interview with Marie Claire, Palmeri said she wants to change the Epstein narrative and make the discussion less about the man himself, and more about survivors such as Virginia Giuffre Roberts & Courtney Wild. Palmeri also said that her podcast throws an investigative eye on the system that allowed a wealthy, white man to go unchecked for decades.
During the interview, Palmeri says that the reason she decided to tackle this subject was because she herself is a survivor of adolescent sexual abuse. Palmeri recounts her own story, confessing that at sixteen-years-old she was raped. That was the very time she ever had sex. Palmeri says she related to Epstein’s victims because many of them were around the same age as herself when their abuse started.
For Palmeri, the coverage of the Epstein atrocities has fallen short. In the interview with Marie Claire, Palmeri labeled the media coverage of Epstein’s case all ‘porn and political conspiracies’ that failed to do justice for the women at the center of it all. Palmeri argues that the media treated this case differently, and Epstein’s survivors were not treated the same way as other victims out of the #MeToo movement.
Because she is a survivor of rape, Palmeri believes that the coverage of this issue should have been told through the eyes of the victims. As so many people stood by and watched Jeffrey Epstein commit these crimes with these women, Palmeri believes it’s time to do the right thing by these women and broadcast their perspectives. This is what her podcast aims to do.
Initially, Epstein’s name had been in the title of the podcast, but after many discussions with her producers, Palemeri decided to take it out.
“Why are we even putting his name in this anymore? Let’s stop glorifying this guy, because this is about women seeking justice. You could really honestly insert [any sex offender into the conversation]” Palmeri told Marie Claire.
Palmeri feels that the victims of Epstein’s case feel betrayed by the women they were recruited by and those that stood by and let Epstein carry out his sexual obsessions.
“It’s the story of our time: How do we treat people with wealth and power and privilege in the justice system compared to people who don’t have that? Especially, how do we treat men and women differently in the justice system? I always said I want this to be about women taking agency,” Palmeri said in the Marie Claire interview.
The podcast labels the people who stood by and didn’t intervene, the ‘enablers’ of the Epstein travesty. Tara Palmeri believes it’s time to focus a much bigger spotlight on those individuals. The podcast questions the morality of the society that we live in and the functionality of a justice system that has all but ignored these key players in this situation.
While many of the victims are seeking financial compensation for the crimes Jeffrey Epstein committed against them, Palmeri believes they are also seeking validation. Her podcast is set up in such a way that Palmeri hopes she can provide that for these victims. She believes that this is just as important, if not more important, than winning a legal battle.
Despite being critical of the coverage of the Epstein case, Palmeri does say that she believes things have improved a lot lately. She says the national discussion, as Palmeri labels it, about how we talk about survivors of sexual abuse and the way in which they are being portrayed is getting better. The #MeToo movement forged a path for victims to really be heard for the first time ever.
Tara Palmeri wants Broken: Seeking Justice to continue this good work.