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

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