California Law Blocks Prosecution Of Gang-Rape Witnesses


Police investigating the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl outside a Richmond, Ca., school dance are finding that a California law may make it impossible to prosecute 20 people who saw the rape and did nothing, says USA Today. The law requires reporting information to police about the sexual assault of people under 14. No law requires people do the same for older victims.

“Our victim missed that age by a very short time,” said Richmond Police Lt. Mark Gagan. “It’s just very offensive that there’s no statute we can use to show that we condemn their behavior.” Police have arrested five males – between the ages of 15 and 21 – and charged them with a variety of felonies, including rape and kidnapping. More arrests are expected. The attack put Richmond, an industrial suburb of San Francisco, in the national spotlight.

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