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Bloomberg News | Senators See Rape Arrests Combating Campus Sexual Assaults

(05/27/2014) Some state rape laws are complicated and can discourage prosecutors who are unfamiliar with them, said Jennifer Long, director of AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women, based in Washington. While these laws could be sharpened, prosecutors have options for pursuing cases in almost every instance, Long said.

“The biggest reason these laws aren’t used is because of bias against victims or misunderstanding of how crimes are perpetrated,” Long said. “There’s a belief that cases can’t be won, and they can be won.”

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