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Sorting Out Fact From Fiction

Many professionals have questions about whether “evidence-based prosecution” should be used in cases of sexual assault. (Among criminal justice professionals, we often hear this concept referred to as “hostile prosecution.”) In the past, we have typically only seen this type of prosecution strategy used in domestic violence cases where the victim has recanted. In these situations, the prosecution sometimes moves forward with a case based only on the physical evidence and testimony of witnesses – but without the cooperation or testimony of the victim. This question was addressed in an article entitled, Best Practice or Buzzword: Sorting out Fact From Fiction in the Community Response to Violence Against Women by Joanne Archambault and Kim Lonsway. It originally appeared in the e-news for Sexual Assault Training & Investigations (SATI) on January 29, 2007.

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