Young Woman Takes Her Sexual Assault Story To YouTube

CNN has a fascinating and heartbreaking story of a girl who posted a video on YouTube alleging that she was raped. In the video, a 16-year old girl cries, “Hi, my name is Crystal … I need some help. I didn’t want to do it this way, but it’s the only way I know that’s going to work, that someone out there in the world is gonna listen to me.” It seems Crystal, who did go the police about her sexual assault, decided to bring her story to YouTube after her case was dropped by her State Attorney’s office.
The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) says they’ve noticed this trend of young women using social networking sites to report their assault in the last year or so, but that they worry it’s dangerous because many of these sites contain contact information for the victims, putting them at risk of further attack. At the same time, given that in states like Florida (where Crystal is from), fewer than 5 percent of reported cases make it to a prosecutor’s office because of lack of forensic evidence, you can understand why women and girls like Crystal feel like they need to take matters into their own hands. []