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CNN | When Evidence Goes Viral

(04/15/2013) In that case, the survivor benefited from a strong support group, including parents who believed her and stood up for her, despite allegations from the boys' lawyers that she was a willing participant, said Jennifer Long, director of AEquitas, which collaborates with national, state and local advocates to help prosecutions of violence against women.

Images of the attack overcame the defense's arguments, said Long, a former sex crimes prosecutor in Philadelphia. A picture can mean a lot in cases where an accuser's credibility is called into question, when everyone was too intoxicated to recall details or when there's no physical evidence of an assault. An image can show the victim's condition, who was there and what took place.

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