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The Plain Dealer | Steubenville Rape Trial Will Center on Issue of Consent

(03/10/2013) The key for prosecutors is to keep the focus on the offender and the offender's behavior instead of on the victim, said Jennifer Gentile Long, director of AEquitas (http://www.aequitasresource.org/contact.cfm), which helps prosecutors in cases involving violence against women.

Defense strategy is typically focused on discrediting the victim in any way possible to distract and bias the fact-finder, as if how victims dressed or what they drank invited the attack, she said.

"You have to show them this wasn't a mistake or misunderstanding, it was a decision to assault a victim," Long said.

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