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Victim Unknown in Reported Charlottesville Sexual Assault

There are 37 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from May 1, 2013, titled Victim Unknown in Reported Charlottesville Sexual Assault. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

University of Virginia officials and police are working to help the victim of an alleged sexual assault in Charlottesville, but no investigation is currently underway because they don't know who the victim is.

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UVA Mom

Charlottesville, VA

#22 May 7, 2013
If it did happen,I'm so sorry, but why do female students insist on walking by themselves in the wee morning hours? Do not put yourself in harms way!
Kelley

Charlottesville, VA

#23 May 7, 2013
I look at this report and call it a lie until it is proven. If you're raped, go to the hospital and ask to be examined and have them save the DNA. If you're assaulted, report it and have them take a picture. What is going to add insult to injury in these situations, as lawmakers and dogooders have their way with women's reproduction, will be the victim having the offenders baby because the morning after pill and all meds like it are against the law.
ya think

Charlottesville, VA

#24 May 7, 2013
Kelley wrote:
What is going to add insult to injury in these situations, as lawmakers and dogooders have their way with women's reproduction, will be the victim having the offenders baby because the morning after pill and all meds like it are against the law.
Have you seen the news lately??? They are making those pills easier and easier to get, not harder (even for a 15 yr old... too young to legally consent to sex, but perfectly able to dispose of an unwanted pregnancy should it happen) That being said, any victim of rape has my sympathy and I would hope that they would seek out the medical treatment and emotional support that they need in order to heal.
UVA cover ups

Douglasville, GA

#25 May 7, 2013
tax payer wrote:
<quoted text>This is so true, but it is also so sad!
It is very true!!!!!!!

Look at the stats.
UVA cover ups

Douglasville, GA

#26 May 7, 2013
Surprised are you Melissa? For years you and the rest of law enforcement have engaged in victim blaming. Perhaps if the CA prosecuted rapists instead of enforcing UVA's policy of covering up rapes more victims would come out. You only have yourselves to blame. Women in Charlottesville are unprotected before and after sexual assault. There is nothing transparent in Charlottesville and UVA exercises an absolute medieval like authority over law enforcement. Unchecked and unchallenged because the corruption is deep rooted in the system. You have earned third world status levels of justice.
IAM Its About Money

Charlottesville, VA

#27 May 7, 2013
UVA cover ups wrote:
Surprised are you Melissa? For years you and the rest of law enforcement have engaged in victim blaming. Perhaps if the CA prosecuted rapists instead of enforcing UVA's policy of covering up rapes more victims would come out. You only have yourselves to blame. Women in Charlottesville are unprotected before and after sexual assault. There is nothing transparent in Charlottesville and UVA exercises an absolute medieval like authority over law enforcement. Unchecked and unchallenged because the corruption is deep rooted in the system. You have earned third world status levels of justice.
But, but, but we have to cover the truth up don't we? After all, if the stream of college students should slow down due to honest crime reporting our blossoming socialism money will get really tight and thousands of dead weighters will have to start working for a change.
UVA grad

Charlottesville, VA

#28 May 7, 2013
huck wrote:
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I know, the statistics on that are just incredibly sobering.
Talk to the safely retired first responders, especially UVA and Charlottesville police, and you might well be sobered up.
ChillintheVille

Crozet, VA

#30 May 7, 2013
Let's not blame the victim or try to discern if there was/wasn't a crime without more information.
Old Hare

Culpeper, VA

#31 May 7, 2013
Old Hare wrote:
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Actually the opposite is true, it is a fact that most sexual assaults that are reported are fictitious. Not sure where you get your facts but in my career I have seen more made up allegations than I have real cases, the alleged victim usually makes the allegations to get back at a person or for attention. Most real rape or sexual assault cases usually go unreported unfortunately. I have only had one person report it but decided to not follow through with it in my years of service and it was the real deal. Sadly the suspect in that situation will probably take advantage of many more women because the victim refused to prosecute.
Judge me down all you want but I am guessing most of you that have were never in law enforcement.
Dude

Spotsylvania, VA

#32 May 7, 2013
Old Hare wrote:
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Judge me down all you want but I am guessing most of you that have were never in law enforcement.
Reasons for under-reporting of sexual assault
Research shows that women donít report sexual assault to the police for a number of reasons including:
Lack of faith in police and the justice system (after reading old hare's post, I wonder where they get that from?)
The fear they wonít be believed
Fear of coping with the medical and legal procedures
Fear of reprisals
They donít want family and friends to know
Humiliation and shame
Prevalent social attitudes, which blame the victim for sexual assault.
Old Hare

Louisa, VA

#33 May 8, 2013
Dude wrote:
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Reasons for under-reporting of sexual assault
Research shows that women donít report sexual assault to the police for a number of reasons including:
Lack of faith in police and the justice system (after reading old hare's post, I wonder where they get that from?)
The fear they wonít be believed
Fear of coping with the medical and legal procedures
Fear of reprisals
They donít want family and friends to know
Humiliation and shame
Prevalent social attitudes, which blame the victim for sexual assault.
I agree with many of the the reasons people do not report these crimes that you posted above and agree that there are LEO agencies that have dropped the ball on them from time to time. I was simply stating to the OP that more often than not (and I won't go into percentages because people tend to make that up on the fly) the sexual assault cases that I have worked turn out to be false or fictitious reports a great deal more of the time than true cases (again in my professional experience). So please tell me from where you draw your experience in working with victims of sexual assaults that have been reported to the authorities?
Dude

Spotsylvania, VA

#34 May 8, 2013
Old Hare wrote:
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I agree with many of the the reasons people do not report these crimes that you posted above and agree that there are LEO agencies that have dropped the ball on them from time to time. I was simply stating to the OP that more often than not (and I won't go into percentages because people tend to make that up on the fly) the sexual assault cases that I have worked turn out to be false or fictitious reports a great deal more of the time than true cases (again in my professional experience). So please tell me from where you draw your experience in working with victims of sexual assaults that have been reported to the authorities?
Iím not trying to diminish your anecdotes; I got that straight from a website. I just find your comments contributory to the reasons that many donít report. My experiences come from both having been a counselor in college when I was young, idealistic, and naive, and knowing victims of sexual violence. With over 1 in 10 women being a victim of rape, and only 50% reporting it, itís not a stretch to say that most know a victim of sexual violence.
http://living.msn.com/family-parenting/the-fa...
Old Hare

Washington, DC

#35 May 8, 2013
Dude wrote:
<quoted text> Iím not trying to diminish your anecdotes; I got that straight from a website. I just find your comments contributory to the reasons that many donít report. My experiences come from both having been a counselor in college when I was young, idealistic, and naive, and knowing victims of sexual violence. With over 1 in 10 women being a victim of rape, and only 50% reporting it, itís not a stretch to say that most know a victim of sexual violence.
http://living.msn.com/family-parenting/the-fa...
I am not sure how my comments are contributory when I am simply stating what my experiences have been in my career? I am in no way saying that I disbelieve these people from the onset. What I am saying is that after a thorough investigation including an interview as to the facts of the incident it is not uncommon to find that these alleged victims have fabricated their stories for whatever reason they may have. You are correct most actual victims of sexual assault never come forward, for a myriad of reasons.
Dude

Spotsylvania, VA

#36 May 8, 2013
Old Hare wrote:
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I am not sure how my comments are contributory when I am simply stating what my experiences have been in my career? I am in no way saying that I disbelieve these people from the onset. What I am saying is that after a thorough investigation including an interview as to the facts of the incident it is not uncommon to find that these alleged victims have fabricated their stories for whatever reason they may have. You are correct most actual victims of sexual assault never come forward, for a myriad of reasons.
I'm sure in your profession it wasn't uncommon, but to say the majority? That lends to the diminishment of trauma, which adds insult to injury, and victimizes an already traumatized victim. I'm sure every victim of sexual violence wonders if there was anything they could have done differently; statements from an authority figure stating that "most sexual assaults that are reported are fictitious" most certainly does not give an appearance of empathy.
Old Hare

Washington, DC

#37 May 8, 2013
Dude wrote:
<quoted text>I'm sure in your profession it wasn't uncommon, but to say the majority? That lends to the diminishment of trauma, which adds insult to injury, and victimizes an already traumatized victim. I'm sure every victim of sexual violence wonders if there was anything they could have done differently; statements from an authority figure stating that "most sexual assaults that are reported are fictitious" most certainly does not give an appearance of empathy.
I am just stating the facts of my experiences having dealt with these types of cases, good bad or indifferent it is what it is. I would be lying if I otherwise sugarcoated it to make someone feel beter. You should be more disturbed by the people that use this crime as a means to get attention or to potentially ruin an innocent persons life. When people trivialize a crime like this it says volumes about their character and does a terrible disservice to the real victims of sexual assault.
Dude

Winchester, VA

#38 May 8, 2013
Old Hare wrote:
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I am just stating the facts of my experiences having dealt with these types of cases, good bad or indifferent it is what it is. I would be lying if I otherwise sugarcoated it to make someone feel beter. You should be more disturbed by the people that use this crime as a means to get attention or to potentially ruin an innocent persons life. When people trivialize a crime like this it says volumes about their character and does a terrible disservice to the real victims of sexual assault.
My limited experience is the exact opposite. I'm not saying, though, that I haven't had the experience where one did use the guise of sexual assault to further an agenda, and yes, it was very much so disgusting and a disservice to those who really are victims. However, one of the reasons is "Lack of faith in police and the justice system" which shows the way, we, as a society, treat victims of sexual assault, it is reflected in the words that you type. I get it, being a police officer requires an amount of apathy, but that apathy, and callousness may lead to women being afraid to report real crimes. It really is a cultural issue.
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#39 May 8, 2013

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