let's not do this yet.
And I am glad they are talking about this. Because those of us who work in the field know that this is going on all the time. Victims REPEATEDLY prepare for court appearances, preliminary hearing, the trial itself, and the defense attorneys get delay after delay after delay. This helps the defense because--
- memories are less clear over time. descriptions change a little bit here and there and defense attorneys put these little changes together and cast them as GIANT lies. The victim must be lying.
- people such as witnesses move away. in our little town, if a witness moves away the city attorney may not be able to pay to have them fly back and stay in a hotel for 2 days.
- the victim may get tired of all the lengthy delays, her life put on hold, and drop the charges.
- the victim may move well through the healing process. During her testimony, she is not crying, she is now strong, no longer traumatized. Defense attorneys use this as proof she is lying! If you don't believe this happens, you need to go to some trials. Here and HERE and HERE ** are some posts from a trial here where the Victim and all the witnesses were basically called liars by the defense attorney. The beginning of this blog, august 2009, has many posts about truth and lying, assault types, etc. etc.
What has struck me about the Jerry Sandusky Penn State Case is how respectfully the victims are being treated by the media. I am glad for that and that many issues are being raised. Because it has seemed to me that people do not want to hear about it, when the subject is women. Across the country and the globe, women are raped in epidemic proportions. And the legal system is not working well in this area.
Many times i have supported a young woman who was told, Again, that the day she had prepared for was postponed.
The legal system seems almost afraid to prosecute rape. maybe jurists believe the TV and think most women are lying. Which is crazy. (lying HERE and more about false reports )
See these posts:
* More HERE and also HERE
student riots: http://marysbeagooddogblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/penn-state-students-riot-why-rape-of.html
complete grand jury testimony here: http://marysbeagooddogblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/allowing-rape-of-boys-by-men-in-charge.html
summary and evolutionary morality http://marysbeagooddogblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/penn-state-men-in-power-sexually-and.html