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The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence, pushed back against the decision last week, saying sexual assault survivors are not inherently biased as jurors and are capable of serving on juries without bias.
“Considering that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 20 men in N.H. have been sexually assaulted, a jury of one’s peers will likely always include sexual assault survivors,” said director of public police affairs Amanda Grady Sexton in an emailed statement.
On Wednesday, she said the family’s decision to not pursue a second trial was not surprising.
“The system is not designed to protect the privacy or dignity of the victim, making it even more difficult for them to rebuild their lives,” she wrote in an email. “... Our thoughts are with the courageous young survivor in this case, and we stand with his family in their request for privacy during this time.”