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FiveThirtyEight - DataLab | What We Know About Sexual Assault in College - And What We Don't

(10/08/2014) “There hasn’t been any mechanism to accurately and completely collect” data on sexual assault in college, and prevalence of consent-based defense of sexual-assault accusations, said Jennifer Gentile Long, director of AEquitas, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group that develops prosecutor practices for cases of sexual violence against women. “There are also many barriers to obtaining the information.” [ . . . ]

It’s hard to quantify just what proportion of sexual-assault trials are disputes over consent — the law’s focus. “There is no nationwide data collection on the use of this defense,” Long said in an email. “Based on professional experience prosecuting sexual-assault cases, as well as the combined experience of our staff (over 100+ years), as well as providing assistance to prosecutors across the country on this issue over the last 10 years, this is the defense in the overwhelming majority of cases.”

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