Newspaper analysis highlights challenges of prosecuting alcohol-fueled acquaintance rape cases
"In the past 10 years, Douglas County juries convicted three rapists, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.
In the cases, the rapists overpowered their victims, threatened them with weapons or broke into their homes.
But in the few rape trials involving a drunken victim who had been socializing with her alleged attacker, juries acquitted the accused rapist each time. More cases of this sort never went to trial, and defendants either pleaded to lesser crimes or saw their charges dismissed altogether.
University of Kansas law professor Corey Rayburn Yung said the numbers are 'disheartening.' Yung said rape is widely underreported and that low conviction rates can further deter victims from pursuing prosecution.
'That creates a cycle that leaves more rapists out in the street to find more victims,' Yung said, 'and they’re not deterred.'"
Story originally posted at http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/5126d80dc623431886665e7d564a954e/KS--Acquaintance-Rape