RAINN President and Founder in Charlotte Observer

April 4, 2006 — As facts continue to unfold in the highly publicized case involving Duke University lacrosse players, members of the media are looking to RAINN to offer expert advice and opinions. Recently, a reporter with the Charlotte Observer interviewed RAINN's President and Founder, Scott Berkowitz, on his views on the case thus far:

"The absence of DNA doesn't necessarily mean there wasn't a crime," said Scott Berkowitz, the founder and president of the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. "There are times when they used a condom or they clean up the scene."

But he acknowledged that the absence of DNA matches might make Nifong's case harder to prosecute. Television shows like "CSI" give juries the perception that DNA is "this magic thing," he said in a telephone interview from his Washington office. "Their skepticism level goes up when there isn't DNA."

To read the full article, visit the Charlotte Observer online.

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