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Alleged Sexual Assault Victim In Nebraska Threatened With Jail If She Does Not Testify

OMAHA, Neb. — A Nebraska judge’s unusual decision to threaten an alleged sexual assault victim with jail if she doesn’t testify could backfire and discourage other women from reporting they were raped, victim advocates said Thursday.Th…

OMAHA, Neb. — A Nebraska judge’s unusual decision to threaten an alleged sexual assault victim with jail if she doesn’t testify could backfire and discourage other women from reporting they were raped, victim advocates said Thursday.

The 24-year-old Kansas woman is appealing the contempt order, saying that testifying about the sexual abuse she endured as a child would cause her deep humiliation. But Lancaster County District Judge Paul Merritt wrote in his ruling that the charges against her alleged attacker hinge on her testimony.

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