Weinstein conviction: a watershed for acquaintance rape cases

What you need to know:

  • "We are in rapidly changing times," said Deborah Tuerkheimer, a professor of law at Northwestern University and an expert on sexual violence cases.
  • "It matters that the #MeToo movement has been accelerating the last couple of years. The cultural change we are seeing is making a difference in the courts."

Prosecutors have long been hesitant to take on cases of acquaintance rape, as they were convinced that jurors would have a hard time believing the victims -- and drawing fine distinctions about consent.

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