Although several stated they were denied justice, imagine the harm of being silenced by the justice system when the authorities simply dispense with a case or fail to even acknowledge the wrong-doing and take the report. Such is the case in approximately 98% of rape crimes…. even violent ones. Reliable sources estimate that only 2 cases out of 100 are ever prosecuted.
Victims of high profile offenders have a greater chance of securing justice because the press and social media will sound the alarm when additional victims step forward. But what if you are assaulted by someone without a big name? You’ll be accused of stalking the person if you go public with their shameful behavior and the likelihood you’ll hear of others who were harmed by the same offender is unlikely.
When the weapon used to defile you is fraud, in most states, you have zero chance of seeking justice. Trickery to violate your reproductive organs is not seen as a heinous act. The entire justice system heaps a crushing level of dismissal on your psyche, making you feel totally invisible! The dreadful pain of total invalidation and rejection by the very system that is supposed to recognize and protect you, makes recovery especially difficult.
Epstein’s victims who came forward deserve our heartfelt appreciation for exemplifying and calling attention to the terrible miscarriage of justice to which rape victims are frequently subjected.
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