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Thursday, June 23, 2016

National Institute of Justice Issues Special Report on Sexual Assault

At a recent White House Summit on Women, NIJ launched a special report, Down the Road: Testing Evidence in Sexual Assaults, which helps practitioners and advocates understand that solving sexual assault cases involves more than testing forensic evidence. It points out that police must develop other potential evidence, prosecutors must file charges, juries (or judges) must render verdicts and judges must sentence. Throughout, victims need support. The report also looks at NIJ-funded research projects in Detroit and Houston. You can read Down the Road at, and you can learn more about the Detroit and Houston projects in a web feature, Using Science to Find Solutions (

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