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Saahithi Sreekantham

Basis Charter SchoolClass of 2024Chandler, AZ


Hi, I’m Saahithi! I am so excited to be sharing my research paper with you. I am a sophomore at BASIS Chandler in Arizona. My favorite subjects are English and Psychology. I love dancing, writing, and reading in my free time! I work as editor-in-chief of my school newspaper and participate in Model United Nations, Mock Trial, and much more. I aspire to be a lawyer or journalist! The topic my research paper covers (rape and sexual assault in the court system) is a topic I have been passionate about for some time now, and though it may seem to be sensitive or abhorrent, I believe it is one that must be discussed. I affirm that this topic is one of the most critical issues the U.S. faces when it comes to the rights of any victim of violence. If you are interested in learning more about it, I would love for you to register to attend my conference talk on September 18th; I hope to see you there! Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. Thank you so much!


  • "A Rape Victim’s Journey to Justice Through the Courts: Barriers, Struggles, and Effects" with mentor Rachel (Aug. 6, 2021)

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A Rape Victim’s Journey to Justice Through the Courts: Barriers, Struggles, and Effects

Started May 22, 2021

Abstract or project description

My recently completed research paper chronicles the challenges victims of rape and sexual assault face throughout the legal process. The main three sections will be: (1) barriers to entering court; (2) discrimination in the court room; and (3) post-trial harm. It takes an intersectional lens when discussing these topics, including racial overtones and other possible prejudices. Some topics include prosecutorial discretion, reporting and police, the media, and much more. It is organized in the same way that a victim would take his/her/their path to justice in the court system. It ends with possible avenues of action and remedy that the nation can take to help ensure justice for victims across every court system America has established.