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Resource ID: #18712
Subject: Sexual Abuse
Source: Chronicle (Augusta, Ga.)
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Date: 10/01/2003; 10/02/2003; 10/03/2005

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The Augusta Chronicle three-day series covers "almost every aspect of the prosecution of sexual assault cases in the local community." The stories reveals that in Richmond County police and prosecutors give a "dismal effort" to the prosecution of the sexual assault crimes, but few victims find justice in court. Most suspects are released on bond and then rape again and again. Few cases lead to prison sentences, the Chronicle reports. The investigation reveals that the vast majority of rapes are committed by acquaintances of the victims, and that victims often do not report the sexual assault crimes, because they do not believe in the effectiveness of the legal system. The series includes statistics of how judges have handled sex crimes cases in Richmond county and nationwide.

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