Acknowledgments

OVC gratefully acknowledges Sharon G. Elstein, Project Director and Coprincipal Investigator, and Barbara E. Smith, Coprincipal Investigator, of the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law for their efforts in managing this project. OVC also gratefully acknowledges the project's volunteer advisory committee—Cindy Nanetti, Esq.; Laura L. Chase, Esq.; Scott Newman, Esq.; Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske; Assistant Chief John Schaller; Carole DeLuca; Jo Kolanda; Dominic Trunfio, Esq.; Kim Hunter, Esq.; JoAnne McCracken, Esq.; and Gael Strack, Esq.

OVC greatly appreciates the assistance and information provided by criminal justice and service professionals in Alameda, San Diego, and Santa Clara Counties, California; Baltimore City, Maryland; and Onondaga County, New York, where site visits were conducted. These dedicated public servants allowed an unobstructed view into their workdays and the decisions they make on behalf of teenage victims of statutory rape. They showed the strength of their commitment by accepting our intrusion into their work to help other jurisdictions.

In addition, OVC gratefully acknowledges those professionals with whom extensive telephone interviews were conducted in Maricopa County, Arizona; Dade County, Florida; Marion County, Indiana; Jefferson County, Kentucky; Pontiac, Michigan; and Clark County, Nevada.

Finally, OVC gratefully acknowledges the guidance and support of the project monitor, Olga Trujillo, Director, Special Projects Division, at the Office for Victims of Crime.

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