“More women sue City of Austin claiming failure to prosecute rapes”
Five woman are accusing past and present city officials of not properly investigating or prosecuting sexual assault cases.
They join three other women who filed a suit in June against Travis County and the City of Austin. The lawsuit claims that more than 1,000 women report sexual crimes to law enforcement each year, but fewer than 10 cases are ever prosecuted.
“Women go to authorities in order to seek justice and to protect other women, but the policies and practices of law enforcement instead re-traumatize survivors while allowing their attackers to walk free,” said Jennifer Ecklund of Thompson & Knight and lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.