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Woman Who Accused Nelly Of Rape Wants the Case Dropped

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After Nelly was accused of raping a woman on a tour bus in Washington earlier this month, he vehemently denied the allegations in a series of tweets. Now, the woman who accused him of rape does not want to forward with the case because of online harassment and a belief that the legal system “will fail her.”

As the New York Times reports, a lawyer for the accuser wrote in a letter on October 13 that her client will not testify further against Nelly. “We do not live in a society where a 21-year-old college student can feel safe enough to pursue criminal charges against a celebrity for an alleged rape,” the lawyer, Karen Koehler, wrote.

The Auburn Police Department told the newspaper that they will be proceeding with a criminal investigation, even though the accuser has made it clear to the department she wanted the investigation halted. “She wishes she had not called 911 because she believes the system is going to fail her,” wrote Koehler. TMZ also reported that the department is still gathering evidence to present to the prosecutor’s office.

Pop Culture Reporter, Jezebel

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BenjaminSmuttins SAY RESIST.

This is just one of the many, many, many reasons that women do not feel safe or supported after a sexual assault. My Book of Faces feed today is filled with powerful, accomplished, hilarious, amazing women who have all been the victim of a sexual assault.

Except for one family member, even those that I count as close friends hadn’t told me about their assault before today. And some of them said, without naming names, that their assailant had nearly 100 FB friends in common with them. Which means that the person who assaulted them is someone that many, many of my friends, and probably I know.

And some of them said that they had told women that they considered friends, and they lost those friends because they wouldn’t believe them. And now they felt too scared to share their story with anyone else besides their therapist.

So, my stance on the matter is: If someone tells you that they have been assaulted, believe them. No buts, no questions, just belief and support.