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My Take - Rape Victims as "Accusers"

A group of Georgia lawmakers wants to change how crime victims are referred to in court. Specifically, they want victims of rape, domestic violence and stalking to be referred to as "accusers" and not "victims." Their argument is that using the word "victim" can cause a jury to prejudge a defendant. For citizens to have faith in our legal system, it's important that all those accused of crimes receive a fair trial. But it's also important that the pain of the injured parties be respected as well. If you've suffered at the hands of someone else, you're a victim. Refusing to acknowledge that only adds insult to injury by trivializing your suffering. The only impact this law would have on our legal system would be to discourage victims of these types of crimes from coming forward. It's a harmful bill based on flawed logic. After all, if a crime is committed and the accused is found not guilty, does that mean the crime never happened? I'm Vanessa Oubre and that's my take. What's yours?

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