“In slew of rebukes, sexual assault victims ask: Are authorities doing enough?”
A growing number of women who say they were sexually assaulted in Travis County have recently intensified their criticism of Austin police and prosecutors, going as far as suggesting the local justice system “condones rape” and accusing investigators of hiding behind misleading statistics of cases they classified as solved despite having made no arrests.
…But lawyer Elizabeth Myers, who is representing the women in the lawsuit, says prosecutors should handle sexual assault cases no differently than other violent crimes in which witnesses give differing statements about what occurred.
“Just because the defendant is going to put on a different version of what may have happened, we don’t just categorically not try those cases,” she said. “When it comes to sexual assault, that seems to be what happened.”