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Privacy of Victims’ Counseling Communications
A successful prosecution depends on the cooperation of the crime victim. Yet, in many cases . . ., a woman who has been attacked frequently finds herself victimized a second time when her case goes to court. . . . In far too many cases, defense attorneys subpoena counseling records and call counselors as witnesses. The attorneys use the records to shift the court’s focus from the crime to the victim’s thoughts and comments regarding the emotionally devastating incident. Often, victims face the threat that their most intimate feelings will be disclosed in open court and become a matter of public record.
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Last Updated: 2/10/2015 12:52:53 PM
 
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