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Columbia Missourian | University of Missouri's Office of Student Conduct Handles Few Sex Offense Cases

(09/24/2013) Jennifer Long, director of AEquitas, an organization that helps prosecutors with cases of violence against women, said prosecutors need to strike a balance between preparing victims for what lies ahead and actually dissuading them from pressing charges. Long is a former prosecutor in Pennsylvania. She said prosecutors should go ahead and charge suspects even if they’re not sure they can win a conviction. Otherwise, many sex offenders go completely unpunished, and many of them go on to commit more offenses. "That's again why it's so important that we don’t dissuade people from reporting these cases," Long said.

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