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Mary G. Leary, Professor, law, was quoted in an article posted on Broadly discussing the emotional course of action a sexual abuse defendant may take, with specific regard to the ongoing Jared Fogle case. See below.

Convicted Sex Offender Jared Fogle Sues Parents of One of His Victims

From: Broadly 
Date: Sept. 2, 2016
Author: Kimberly Lawson

Mary G. Leary is a professor of law at The Catholic University of America and former director of the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse. She tells Broadly that it's not unusual for a defendant in a sex crimes case to attack the victim or victim's family in their defense at trial or in a countersuit.

 It's also not uncommon, she says, for a defendant to try to challenge the assignment of blame, especially if they think they have proof showing otherwise. She offers the analogy of a car accident—when two people disagree over the origin of neck pain, especially if the offending driver knows the victim had been complaining of pain for months, and the victim says the pain started after the accident. According to Fogle's motion, Jane Doe was "diagnosed as suffering from a major depressive disorder before she learned of any allegations" involving him and Taylor.

 

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