Over the last week, an alleged rape case in Maryville Missouri has attracted national attention, and fostered many public discussions about the way the public and judicial system handles the aftermath of such allegations. In Maryville, charges against two high school boys had been dropped, but after the uproar prompted by articles by KCUR and the Kansas City Star, a special prosecutor will be appointed to handle the case. But some in the Maryville community have also been a focus of the discussion, as the then-14 year old victim and her family say they eventually moved away from the community because of bullying and threats after the alleged rape occurred in January 2012.
This week on Intersection, we'll discuss the issues cases like these bring up.
Zachary Wilson is the Development Director of the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Mary Beck is the Director of the MU Domestic Violence Clinic. She’s also a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Missouri.
Samantha Sunne is former reporter for the Columbia Missourian (joining the program by Skype).