Saturday, July 16, 2016
Letter to the Editor: Criminal Justice System Ill-Prepared to Tackle Cases of Sexual Violence
In response to a recent Boston Globe article about the incarceration rate of rapists, BARCC Executive Director speaks to the shortcomings of the criminal justice system and the need for a broader and more nuanced view and approach.
Excerpt: "Contrary to the view of one observer in your article, society is indeed 'soft on rape.' Deep-rooted attitudes and myths about sexual violence frame our criminal justice system. That there were a mere 305 rape convictions in Massachusetts in 12 years only begins to tell this story. In 2015 alone, advocates at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center accompanied 425 survivors, and this was just at Boston-area hospitals. What happens to the thousands of rape survivors and offenders who are not involved with prosecution?"