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'Nobody Believed Me': How Rape Cases Get Dropped; By Jan Ransom

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While the Me Too movement led to greater awareness about the prevalence of rape, prosecutors in New York City still struggle to prove sexual assault accusations. In the Manhattan district attorney’s office, prosecutors dropped 49 percent of sexual assault cases in 2019 — among the highest rates in the city, and an increase from 37 percent in 2017. For cases that are not dropped, conviction rates for sexual assault cases are typically much lower than for other violent crimes. There aren’t really any third-party witnesses to these things,” said Carl Bornstein, a former state and federal prosecutor who teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “This is tough sledding. The prosecutor has to assess: is this going to hold up under the scrutiny of 12 people?”

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"Prosecutor negligence is often part of the problem," said Jane Manning, a former sex crimes prosecutor and the director of the Women's Equal Justice Project. "There's a long disgraceful legacy in our criminal justice system of not taking rape seriously."

Alvin Bragg, a former federal prosecutor who won the Democratic primary for district attorney, making him the heavy favorite to succeed Mr. Vance, has promised to revamp the office's beleaguered sex crimes bureau.

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