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Unformatted text preview: taxpayer dollars at stake prosecutors usually don’t go forward with a case unless they feel they can win. Then you have other cases where the victim refuses to testify either out of fear or embarrassment. The accused may have threatened them or their family with harm if they came forward. The victim may also not have the support system to make sure they don’t feel at fault. Even when a victim takes the stand the cross examination can be so brutal they may break down and be unable to continue with the testimony needed to convict the accused. To help these victims the first step is to make sure the police that take these reports are properly educated as to what makes a sexual assault an assault. Then there needs to be a system in place to make the victim comfortable in making the report and getting medical treatment afterwards. SO URCE Law Enforcement and Prosecutions, viewed on June 12 2010 at http://www.stopvaw.org/Law_Enforcement_and_Prosecutions.html...
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- Spring '10
- assault, Victim, prosecutor, domestic situation