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Despite #MeToo Movement, Sexual Assaults Remain Difficult To Prosecute

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Beaver County Times, Pa.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) As Daveen Rae Kurutz reports, “Prosecutors in Pennsylvania and throughout the country say they still find some of these cases difficult to litigate, especially when there’s little forensic evidence.”

Beaver County, Pa.

It’s a universal story.

A teenage girl has sex with a boy from school.

Once.

Twice.

But the second time, she’s more reluctant, asking him to stop. But he continues. This scenario unfolded in a Beaver County community this month, police reported.

Despite the prominence of the #MeToo movement, there’s still a mindset of “not here.”

“Sexual assault reports happen more frequently than people think they do,” said Beaver Police Sgt. Kelly Hogan.

According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, at least 114 rapes and sexual assaults were reported in Beaver County between 2013 and 2017, the most recent year with available information.

Of the 33 police departments that reported data to the FBI, only 11 — one-third — didn’t report an incident of rape.

Insufficient evidence
A 17-year-old Beaver County girl recently told her parents, medical examiners and police she was coerced into sex earlier this month by a friend she met at school.

The boy forced her to have sex at least once before, too, she said, but that September Saturday encounter in a friend’s apartment was more hostile.

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