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Philly police squad a 'national model' for advocacy groups

The police commissioner has become a national advocate of improving police treatment of rape victims

By Mark Fazlollah
The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia's police rape squad has become a national model for its cooperation with women's advocacy groups to provide better treatment of sexual assault victims, a human-rights group said in a report released Thursday.

In Washington, by contrast, many women have experienced a wide range of obstacles when they tried to report rapes, the nonprofit Human Rights Watch said. The report compared the police handling of sexual assaults there with how police investigated cases in several other cities.

The report's author, Sara Darehshori, said many victims in Washington "fear that their cases will not be taken seriously and that police will not believe them."

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