I think most victims of rape/assault/harassment/etc. know just how difficult it is to successfully prosecute these kinds of cases (as do police, attorneys, and public prosecutors — I know because I’ve talked to them). Just because they haven’t made it to court or didn’t win in court doesn’t mean the incident didn’t occur.

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