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Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict blog | Legal Responses to Sexual Violence: Dismantling Broken Systems and Hope for the Future

(03/02/2015) Charlene “Charlie” Whitman-Barr, an Associate Attorney Advisor for AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women, presented first noting that across the United States laws around sexual assault vary drastically. More important than the laws, however, are the ways in which these cases are prosecuted. She explained the presence of an implementation gap in which the most progressive laws may fail to achieve justice while prosecutors in states with even the most challenging statutes can still bring charges in sexual assault cases, with training on good practices. AEquitas’ research helps prosecutors better understand not only how to prosecute cases, but how to best assist victims to prevent their re-victimization that is all too common during sexual assault investigations and trials.

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