Gender, Sexual Abuse, Social Problems

These Rape Victims Had to Sue to Get the Police to Investigate

As more women come forward to report sexual assault, some say law enforcement has failed them. ‘There was no collection of evidence,’ one victim said. ‘Except off my body.’

Julie Ann Nitsch, left, and Marina Conner, two of the plaintiffs in an Austin lawsuit that argues that sexual assault victims do not receive equal treatment compared with victims of other violent crimes.

By Valeriya Safronova and Rebecca Halleck

May 23, 2019

Evidence so neglected it grew mold. Calls to the authorities for help that went unanswered. Witnesses and victims who were never interviewed. These are just a handful of the claims that sexual assault survivors are making against law enforcement in courts around the country.

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