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I am a twenty-year-old victim of a sexual assault. Because of lack of evidence and the fact that my case is weak, a rapist goes free. The crime has been reported to the police and my statement and accusation will remain on public record. However, for fear that the DA will not try my case, or worse yet, that the court will dismiss, I can not prosecute. My hands are tied... what an injustice. To be raped once and then again by the system. Sincerely, A concerned victim... JMR - Boston, MA

I'm so sorry to hear about your situation, which is, unfortunately, not uncommon. As I work with Gloria Steinem, Ms. Magazine and the Ms. Foundation for Women--all of whom/which are a magnet for women in similar situations--I know that many women have, too, experienced 'double rapes.' The main problem is that we still have a justice system--and particular judges--that don't understand 1.) the reality of rape and 2.) that it is even a problem. The good news is that there are a few programs that are working to educate judges and police departments about how often rapes really happen and under what circumstances.

I'm sorry to hear about your situation and even more sorry that I can't offer any helpful words. Good luck -- and thank you for sharing so that others potentially won't have to experiece this same double burden.


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