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Rape Victim Incarcerated To Ensure She Testifies

April 11, 2012 by  

Rape Victim Incarcerated To Ensure She Testifies
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A girl is imprisoned to ensure she testifies in rape case.

A rape victim in California will be spending about a month in jail to ensure that she testifies against the alleged rapist.

So far, the 17-year-old victim has neglected to show up in court twice. Therefore, the judge ordered that she be imprisoned so she can be brought to court to testify.

The alleged rapist, Frank William Rackly, has six felony convictions dating back to 1992. This is his third time to be charged with rape, but the two previous cases were dropped. One of the alleged victims didn’t show up for trial, and prosecutors want to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

However, the victim’s attorney, Lisa Franco, believes that the wrong message is being sent: “By putting the victim of the rape in custody just sends a message out to other victims that don’t report your rape because you’ll be thrown in jail.”

But the prosecution says that the whole community should be remembered — not just one girl. In response to those who say that the imprisonment of the victim is a violation of her rights, the prosecution said: “But at the same time there’s the issue of protecting the community — when you have serious crimes of violence and you have a defendant with a serious prior record.”

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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