Should A Victim Be Jailed And Forced To Testify Against Her Rapist?
Alyssa Newcomb writes on ABCnews.com that a 17-year-old alleged rape victim is being held in juvenile detention to ensure that she'll testify at her alleged rapist's trial on April 23 -- previously rescheduled after she failed to appear at his February 28 trial:
"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 a multiple offenses, you have to balance the protection of the community here," Sacramento County Assistant District Attorney Albert Locher told ABCNews.com.
A judge signed off on the teen, who is reportedly in the state's foster system and has a history of running away, being held on a material witness warrant on March 14. She appeared before a judge on March 27 and has been in custody ever since, the Sacramento Bee reported.
...Locher said the girl's testimony was imperative and cited the potential public safety issue if Rackley is let go on the charges.
Where do you draw the line? Where should we?