How can we justify the statement "When a woman reports a rape, she is victimized twice, first by the rapist then by the system?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

We can justify this statement because of the degree of scrutiny that women who report rape or other sexual crimes endure.  This is partly because of the nature of the crime.  It is very rare that there are witnesses to a sexual crime.  This means that the case can often boil down to competing claims on the part of the victim and the alleged perpetrator.  This often means that victims who claim rape will have their lives and behaviors scrutinized for any evidence that might be used to allege that they actually had consensual sex and/or that they were alleging rape for financial gain or other ulterior motive.  Because such scrutiny is leveled at the victim, we can justify the statement that victims are victimized twice.

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