Sexual assault cases in the legal system: Police, prosecutor, and victim perspectives

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Abstract

The purposes of this study were to assess (a) the extent of attrition in the processing of sexual assault cases in the legal system, (b) factory associated with attrition at various stages in the process, and (c) victims' experiences in the legal system and the relations between these experiences and recovery. Our results suggest that substantial attrition continues to occur in the prosecution of rape cases, that more severe assaults are prosecuted more vigorously, that victims are generally satisfied with the police (but not with the legal system in general), and that neither attitudes nor case outcomes are associated with victims' postrape recovery. Research and policy implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)607-628
Number of pages22
JournalLaw and Human Behavior
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996

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