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Ms. Foundation for Women Demands Justice for Rape Victims in Missouri


NEW YORKOct 17, 2013— The Ms. Foundation for Women today praised the decision by a Missouri prosecutor to reopen the heinous case of two young women who were raped, some parts of which were videotaped.

Ms. Foundation for Women Program Officer, Safety, Natalie Sullivan said:

“Reminiscent of the Steubenville, Ohio, case, we’re witness to a culture in which the perpetrators are treated more humanely than the survivors of violent sexual assaults. It’s evident that without the intense public scrutiny and outrage, the case would have remained closed.

“The rape culture – which includes the harassment and blaming of victims — deters victims from reporting sexual assault and encourages men and boys to rape. When a victim is raped, too often the response is to ask what she or he could have done to prevent the crime. Instead, we must demand that rapists stop raping, and we must change the culture that views rape as inevitable.

“Sexual violence, especially when tolerated or even justified, threatens not only women's lives but also those of the communities in which we live. As Maryville finally seeks justice for those most directly harmed in this case, it may also find a measure of healing for itself.”


The Ms. Foundation for Women fights to eliminate barriers for every woman in the U.S. For 40 years, we have worked tirelessly to secure women’s rights and freedoms with a special commitment to building the power of low-income, immigrant and women of color. At our core, we are advocates giving a voice to women to elevate their most pressing issues. We’re continually investing funds, time, expertise and training in more than 100 trailblazing organizations nationwide to secure a better future for ourselves, our families and our communities.

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