Suspected Teen Rape Victim Jailed
'She's a victim, not a criminal,' says her lawyer
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2012 1:14 AM CDT
Updated Apr 6, 2012 3:33 AM CDT
Scales of justice.   (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

(Newser) – A 17-year-old suspected rape victim is being held in a California juvenile detention facility to ensure that she'll show up to testify against her attacker. She failed to turn up at a preliminary hearing for her suspected assailant, forcing prosecutors to refile the case. “The last thing we ever want to do is put a victim or a witness in custody, but when you have serious crimes of violence and multiple offenses, you have to balance the protection of the community,” Sacramento County assistant district attorney tells ABC News.

A judge filed the order to hold the girl—who has been raised in foster homes and has a history of running away—as a material witness over three weeks ago. “I think it’s outrageous that the DA’s office wants to put a rape victim—a juvenile rape victim—in custody, as if she were the criminal, in a case where she is the victim,” the girl’s attorney told the Sacramento Bee.

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slammer
Apr 6, 2012 10:31 PM CDT
WHAT A BIG@@@@@@@@@@@^$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ OF PC#############@@@@@@@@@@%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
saucier111
Apr 6, 2012 12:42 PM CDT
Wake up America with bush's patriot act they can hold any body for as long as they see fit, or for ever. It's now legal in America, what bill of rights are you talking about, the one in the museum.
Twiny
Apr 6, 2012 10:56 AM CDT
She said she would not appear to testify against this guy. The Judge is just taking her at her word and locking her up to insure her appearance at this guy's trial. In this case, the need to protect the public against this scumbag over-rides her desire to avoid testifying.