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How many women will NOT report a sexual assault out of fear of being thrown in jail until her rapist is put on trial?

Oh, wait? Is that the idea? Get women to stop reporting so sexual assault goes down? wink, wink, nudge, nudge Of course not.

I suspect it is the point. I was warned this occasionally happens in my area with rape victims by the DA on my case when I reported my rape. No surprise here but the DA I got was very pushy about how horrible the entire process would be for me and how I should just let her drop it (yes, it was another woman pushing this). Eventually they dragged it out so long I couldn’t deal with the repeat trauma of rehashing the case so I dropped it a year from my initial report.

Thrown in jail. Into a co-ed jail. With men.

[–] Eava -6 points

Why report if you aren't willing to cooperate with the prosecution? Rape is so rarely prosecuted, but here a prosecutor actually believes the victim, and thinks there is enough evidence to get a conviction of a dangerous predator, and the prosecutor is supposed to let the predator walk because the victim won't cooperate? We complain when police and prosecutors don't prosecute and take monsters off the street, like leaving a rape kit untested until another woman is kidnapped and this time murdered. Why is it OK for a victim to bail on a prosecution? The prosecutor got a guilty verdict, a rapist will be off the street for years. That wouldn't have happened without the victim's testimony.

So victimizing a victim is okay with you?

[–] Eava -3 points

We can't expect society to remove predatory men if their victims don't cooperate with their prosecution. It isn't fair, but that is reality. Because victims refusing to cooperate is one reason police and prosecutors don't put effort into prosecuting domestic abuse and sexual assault cases. If the prosecutor dropped the case because she wouldn't cooperate and this rapist raped again, and murdered his victim, we'd be outraged that crimes against women aren't taken seriously. The woman who was raped by the man who kidnapped and murdered Eliza Fletcher is suing the police department for not investigating her case and testing her rape kit. I don't know that she will succeed, but she is haunted by the fact that Eliza Fletcher would be alive today had the police taken what happened to her seriously. I do think women have an obligation to other women to cooperate with prosecuting violent men because violent men don't stop with one victim.

This is horrifying. These people are scum. The victim advocate ratted her out.

This one kind of floored me and it takes a lot these days. Double the punishment for her. Raped and then imprisoned for 9 days. Her reward for reporting her rape.

[–] [Deleted] 12 points Edited

It was never about her. If it was truly about getting justice for her they never would have done this. This is just torture.

This is terrible but I can understand why. The accused was facing serious charges and without her evidence, he would walk out into the public.

The victim was not checking in with victim services and there were serious concerns about whether she would appear for the hearing.

This was a last resort and absolutely terrible. I'm heartbroken for her. Equally, I would be infuriated if he walked out because she did not show out and went on a rampage and committed further rapes or worse.

There needs to be better resources for victims, firstly, but we are were we are. Victims are almost always an afterthought but they are also witnesses who are often served with court orders or an equivalent and thus under an obligation to the courts.

She gave evidence snd he was convicted. Had she not been held in a pre-trial detention, it is very likely from the indications given, she would not have shown and he would be on the streets.

I agree. It's terrible that this happened to her, but there are his future victims to consider too. I wish rapists could get life or the death penalty. I don't think they can be rehabilitated.

They could have put her in some sort of mental health facility, they should not have put her in co Ed jail.

I don't think the law allows for that sort of placement. This is the issue. The law needs to be redrafted to better serve rape victims.