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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 (, 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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