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How Did a Rape Victim End Up Jailed — And How Can It Be Prevented

      Last December , a rape victim was housed for nearly a month at the Harris County Jail in order to ensure she would testify against a serial rapist who assaulted her. The prosecutor concluded it was the only viable option after she suffered a mental breakdown on the witness stand and said […]

 

 

 

Harris County Criminal Justice Center
Harris County Criminal Justice Center

Last December , a rape victim was housed for nearly a month at the Harris County Jail in order to ensure she would testify against a serial rapist who assaulted her. The prosecutor concluded it was the only viable option after she suffered a mental breakdown on the witness stand and said she would not return to testify the next day.

Now the woman (referred to as “Jenny” to protect her identity as a rape victim) is suing Harris County, the Harris County Sheriff’s office, a prosecutor and a guard. And her attorney is calling for an independent investigation of the incident.

Houston Matters’ producer Edel Howlin explores how the woman ended up housed in the jail in the first place and what steps are being taken to avoid something similar in the future.

 

 

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