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Legal panel discusses options for sexual assault victims

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Panelists at the Sexual Assault Legal Panel April 17 were, from left, Kayla Jackson, an intern at True North, a Columbia organization that helps sexual assault victims; Donell Young, director of MU’s student conduct office; Doug Schwandt, assistant chief of MU Police; and Steve Concannon, coordinating attorney at MU Student Legal Services. Photo by Rob Hill.

Victims are often reluctant to press charges against a perpetrator

Victims of sexual assault can find it hard to tell their stories to family and friends, but it tends to get even harder when conversing about it with police, doctors and lawyers. 

Four panelists talked about legal options for assault victims at a forum April 17 in Strickland Hall. They also explained and demystified the steps of the reporting process. It’s important that victims take action because the perpetrator is likely to harm someone else in the future, several said. But the reality is that most sexual assaults go unreported.

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