In their survey results, most community-based advocacy organizations indicated that adult victims reported sexual assaults to law enforcement agencies
less than 50 percent of the time. Additionally, the results from site visits and survey responses from many local law enforcement and district attorneys’
offices identified the lack of victim cooperation as a significant challenge to investigating and prosecuting sexual assaults.
There can be multiple reasons for why a victim may decide not to participate in the investigation and prosecution processes.
Survey responses from community-based advocacy organizations and interviews with detectives and prosecutors identified various factors
for why some victims are unwilling to be involved in investigation and prosecution process. The leading factors cited by the community-based advocacy organizations,
detectives, and prosecutors during site visits and in surveys included fear, embarrassment, and distrust of the criminal justice system.
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