I cringed during the sentencing of serial rapist Paul Hawkins last Friday when one of his victims testified in open court about how poorly she had been treated by law enforcement on the night of the attack more than four years ago. She said a Spirit Lake police officer gave her no comfort and didn't believe that she'd been raped. His apparent reasoning was that Hawkins wasn't able to penetrate her during the attack. The officer using his Captain Crunch cereal police handbook reportedly told her to take a shower and then left -- Marc Stewart/Coeur d'Alene Press.
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