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The Legal Intelligencer | Third Circuit Revives Rape Victim's Civil Rights Case

(08/04/2010) Jennifer Long, the director of a nonprofit prosecutors' training organization known as AEquitas: The Prosecutor's Resource on Violence Against Women, said she was pleased that the appellate court recognized the problem some victims face in being believed. Victim doubting and blaming often takes the form of severely scrutinizing the victim's behaviors -- rather than the offender's -- both during and after the assault, Long said. The behavior lay people expect from sexual assault victims far exceeds the behavior they expect from victims of any other crime, Long said, "for example, disbelieving a rape victim who does not push a panic button during a rape when her offender is pointing a gun to her head and threatening to kill her if she does."

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