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Jane Doe reporting is an alternative for rape victims

On Wednesday, Aug. 23, Rape Crisis Intervention Services of Carroll County held a free training session on Jane Doe reporting, presented by MCASA and held at Carroll Hospital.

At least 60 percent of all sexual assaults go unreported in the United States, according to the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault. And that, they say, is a conservative estimate.

There are many reasons victims of sexual assault choose not to report. But one can be a reluctance to speak with law enforcement.

Jane Doe reporting is a form of reporting that allows a victim to receive medical care and forensic evidence testing — valuable in court, but nearly impossible to collect after 120 hours following a rape — for free and without reporting to law enforcement right away.

Click here to read the entire article in the Carroll County Times.