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Report: Virginia Can Do Better To Help Sexual Violence Victims

August 3, 2007

More can be done, and it can be done better. That's the bottom line in a list of recommendations delivered to Gov. Kaine's Commission on Sexual Violence this week. The report suggests consistent standards for help given by law enforcement, hospitals and crisis centers. Kristine Hall with the Virginia Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Action Alliance says victims are hesitant to report to police in some parts of the state because of what she calls an "outdated" response.

"Victims are being asked to submit to a polygraph. Obviously you can imagine, as a victim of sexual assault, what you hear is 'You don't believe me from the start.'"

Hall notes several studies have shown polygraphs are not an accurate means of testing a person in crisis. The report's recommendations also include more funding for crisis centers and prevention programs. A state study estimates that one in four Virginia women has been affected by sexual violence.

Another recommendation is a coordinated response by bringing in law enforcement, health care and crisis professionals at the same time.

"How can we coordinate our response to minimize the times the victim has to tell his or her story? To just to try to minimize the trauma to the victim," she said.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - VA