The Trials of Convicting Rapists: LINDA FAIRSTEIN

Veteran Manhattan prosecutor LINDA FAIRSTEIN, tells how she goes about proving date rape and protecting victims from being violated a second time in the courtroom

Q. In acquaintance rape, there is an impression that a woman had better have led a sterling life or else she will suffer when the case comes to trial. For instance, a woman goes to a party, meets someone and goes to his house afterward. They have a drink. If the situation turns ugly and she is raped, she should be above reproach and have some broken bones, especially if her assailant is some clean-cut college guy.

A. Sadly, many people believe there are people who, because of their social class, appearance, whatever, can't commit these kinds of crimes. That's ridiculous,...

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