Sacramento Juvenile Rape Victim Jailed to Ensure Her Testimony, Example of How Poor the Resources are for Victims of Sexual Assault and Rape

Survivors in Action
April 5, 2012
There is nothing worse than being sexually assaulted and violated by a violent predator and for those who have been victimized by rape or sexual assault the last thing they need to fear is incarceration. Yet in Sacramento, California that is exactly what the District Attorney opted to do in order to ensure one juvenile victims testimony in the name of public safety.

The fact that the district attorney’s office in Sacramento, California has been compelled to secure testimony in this manner is proof that the crime victim resource system is broken.

Perhaps, if the existing funded resources that are in place that serve rape and sexual assault victims today offered more than hotlines and referrals as a response to victims pleas for help this situation would not be taking place today.

Crime victim resources need to step up  and take some blame for the fact that this is happening, since their lobbyists, paid advocates and paid executives should have had better relationships with DA Scully and her staff in Sacramento to prevent this from ever happening in the first place.

 I know that there was definitely another option and better way to handle this, but without pressure from our state’s paid advocates and executive directors who lead the rape crisis centers in the area on DA Scully and her staff to find another solution, why would the district attorneys office find another option other than jailing the victim? Alexis Moore founder Survivors In Action

Survivors In Action has consulted with rape and sexual assault victims from across the nation, and there is a common thread that the victims share besides the trauma of being sexual assaulted and that is the fact that victims continue to feel abandoned by the system and the resources stating that the hotlines and auto-pilot referrals in place offered by law enforcement, counselors, medical professionals and others is a far cry from the support that they need.

Rather than treating the victims like criminals perhaps the funded resources and victim service provider’s in our nation need to step up and examine this issue and improve to meet the needs of victims in 2012.