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Victim advocates: Police have 'Tough Role to Play' in Sexual Assault Cases

Kathy Walsh, executive director of the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, said she was shocked police would wait to make an arrest, especially given that, according to court documents, the woman did not know the suspect.

"In rape cases where you have a victim cooperating with law enforcement, while we absolutely want to do everything we can to further minimize the trauma the victim has experienced, I also believe the victims want their rapists to be held accountable," she said.

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The Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence is the leading voice for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Tennessee. Established in 1983 as a nonprofit agency, the Coalition is a statewide network of domestic violence programs, rape crisis centers, allied programs, and individuals working together to end domestic and sexual violence in Tennessee. We advocate for laws that protect victims of rape and abuse, train police officers, judges and frontline workers, provide life-saving services to victims, and partner with communities to prevent and end violence. We invite you to stand with us to improve the lives of survivors and create a world in which rape and abuse no longer exist.


The Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence is a nonprofit organization composed of community leaders and program members who share a common vision of ending violence in the lives of Tennesseans.