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Resource ID: #28909
Subject: Sexual Assault Handlings
Source: Katie Bernard, Luke Nozicka
Affiliation: The Kansas City Star
Date: September 8, 2019; ​September 15, 2019; September 25, 2019; October 6, 2019; October 10, 2019; October 16, 2019; October 28, 2019; November 5, 2019; December 8, 2019

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The series is about how police and prosecutors mishandled rape cases in Lawrence, Kansas. It began with the story of one woman who reported being raped, but then was accused by police of lying and charged with making a false report. Reporter Katie Bernard found the woman gave a credible account of being sexually assaulted while she was too intoxicated to consent. Police, had decided within 90 minutes that she was lying and never properly investigated her assault. More women came forward with similar stories. The Star found that Lawrence police were not trained as well in investigating sexual assault as their counterparts elsewhere. They had no special victims unit. Their investigations led to more false report cases than were filed in other jurisdictions.
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