Offender-Focused Prosecution

Overview of offender-focused prosecution:
offender-focused prosecution

  • Do not let focus turn to the victim; use voir dire: victim not on trial, no one deserves to be raped, cannot presume sex from dress, drinking, dancing
  • Liabilities of victim are opportunities for offender; focus on what offender did, how offender exploited vulnerabilities of victim; how those vulnerabilities made her a victim, not someone who “deserved” the assault
  • Did offender cause or contribute to delayed report by direct or veiled threats of harm or affecting military status?;
  • Communicate to panel who offender appeared to be, then who he actually was