Saturday, May 29, 2010

Why Don't More Women Sue Their Rapists?

Many people are intimidated by the legal system and they are afraid of the cost. I solve these problems.

Our spirit is in discord until we have a sense of justice. When we fail to exercise this built in mechanism that warns us that something is wrong, a nation such as ours (free) becomes all the more at risk to tyrants wanting to trample over all our rights. By finding the means and courage to resist the evil and seek justice you help preserve a free nation.

"Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day." ~ Thomas Jefferson
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Because the Supreme Court took away part of the Violence Against Women Act.

When the Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Violence Against Women Act 10 years ago this month, the justices made it clear they thought victims of sexual violence had the right to sue their attackers. They just didn't think federal court was the place to do it.

The rationale behind VAWA, which Congress passed in 1994, was simple enough: Rape, a crime committed mostly against women and girls, constituted a brutal violation of their civil rights. Lawsuits could help victims hold rapists accountable.
The federal law also made it easier for women to sue by extending the statute of limitations to four years.
A 2004 study of sex crimes in Philadelphia and Kansas City, Mo., found that only half of the cases that resulted in an arrest were prosecuted.
Victims need the weapon of a lawsuit because the criminal courts don't always serve their interests.
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