A story like this highlights a growing and scary trend at universities across the United States. Countless women across the country like Shannon Keeler who are brave enough to speak out and report their rapists, frankly never receive their day in Court. As Ms. Keeler put it, “My anger was more at the criminal justice system than what actually happened.” A statement like that is heartbreaking to hear as attorney. How can the best judicial system in the world have failed so many people. Simply because they did not know all their rights.
As Ms. Keeler’s tragic case highlights, when it comes to sexual assaults on college campuses, state prosecutors are simply unwilling to file rape charges. Especially when alcohol may be involved. Often victims are kept in limbo for years hoping that prosecutors will file charges, only to be told there isn’t enough evidence or their rape kits had not been stored properly.
Perhaps if Ms. Keeler had gotten in contact with a sexual assault attorney, like those at The G Law Group, she may have learned that she had other options outside of the criminal justice system to hold her rapist accountable. Federal laws such as the Violence Against Women Act require universities to address rape and other forms of sexual violence. In addition to making universities actually address and deal with how to prevent on campus sexual assaults, civil lawsuits can also uncover the evidence needed by prosecutors to bring formal criminal charges.
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