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Some fear chilling effect on women reporting rapes

Published 07/09/2011, Ap National Writer

Kristen Bakalar, now 30, doesn't pretend to know what happened between former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the hotel maid accusing him of attempted rape. But she does know what it's like to be the accuser in a rape investigation. And she fears that the messy, high-profile case, with its public glare on past faults of the accuser, will have a chilling effect on women reporting rapes.

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