The victim is required to be in court, so the state has to pay for that. The charges were for statutory rape of a minor, so if she's a minor, she would have to have some family to accompany her to court, so they are required to be here too. Not to mention that they are already the victims in this situation. A little girl has been sexually assaulted. Are we really wanting to say as a society that now we're going to make her and her family undergo financial hardship just to bring her rapist to justice? I think we should be doing whatever we can to make it easier for her and her family, and thanking them for being willing to even report these crimes and assist our judicial system in prosecuting them.
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