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Shelly Clevenger

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Chapter 3: Criminal Justice System Treatment Approaches for Sexual Assault Victims

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Criminal Justice System Treatment Approaches for Sexual Assault Victims
Criminal justice system treatment approaches for sexual assault victims
ShellyClevenger

The criminal justice system's treatment of victims has changed over time to include mechanisms for victim involvement in prosecution. However, crime victims—and victims of sexual crimes in particular—do not always experience the best treatment by criminal justice system personnel. One of the common problems crime victims report is that they feel blamed and/or are treated with insensitivity by criminal justice officials. In addition, victims of sexual crimes often report that they do not feel that justice was served in their case. A sexual assault victim's involvement in the system is arguably a bit different from that of the victim who experiences other types of crime due to the ...

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